An unidentified man’s headless body was found stuffed in a gunny bag at Koodal Nagar in Madurai on Saturday.
The decomposed body was found in a drain and the suspected killers had left it there around five days ago, police said. It is believed to be that of a person aged around 30.
The body was recovered after two persons who went to the area to collect twigs complained of a foul smell emanating from a gunny bag lying there.
A sniffer dog and forensic officials also were deployed to collect evidences. When they opened the gunny bag, the body was found with
its hands and legs tied up and the head missing. The killers had wrapped the body using many clothes before stuffing it into the gunny bag, said the policeman.
The body did not carry any other cut injuries. As it was soaked for many days in water, it had appeared in pale colour. The murderers stuffed rags into the severed neck to arrest blood flow. The gunny bag looked like a bundle, said the police.
The victim was wearing a black shirt with white stripes and a white inner vest. He was clad in a blue-coloured lungi. Sacred threads, black in colour, were found around his waist and on his wrist.
The clothes used for wrapping the decomposed trunk were two saris, many shirts and T-shirts especially of children.
A small sized T-shirt belonged to a private school located in Pasumalai was also one of them. The police collected the clothes and the body was sent to the Government Rajaji Hospital for a postmortem.
The policemen searched the drain to find the missing head but it was not there. They said the murder could have been done in some other place, and the beheaded body thrown here.
Koodal Pudur police registered a case under sections of 302 and 201 Indian Penal Code (IPC) and investigations were on by three special teams formed to catch the killers.