VILLUPURAM: The daughter of Malliga Ravi, the retired woman doctor from Chennai who went missing two days ago and was found dead with strangulation marks on her throat at a deserted spot in Villupuram on Sunday said no family should experience such tragedy. Speaking to Express, a grieving Rohini Priya termed it a “very brutal and inhuman incident that should not have happened to any family”.
On Thursday, when the last contact was made with her, Malliga, 63, had hired a call driver for a trip to settle a property dispute.
According to the relative, Malliga had first hired the driver Karthick, 35, about six months ago and had been using his service. He reportedly offered to help settle a dispute over a 850 sqft property at Mint, and got close to the doctor over time. On Thursday morning, Malliga called Rohini and informed her that she was leaving home for a property matter. At noon, she called her daughter again and said she was going to the Sai Temple at Shenoy Nagar in Chennai. There was not contact with her after that and later her phone was switched off.
According to local police who are investigating the murder, there were no jewels on her body except the inexpensive toe-ring (metti). The team is ascertaining the value and model of jewels Malliga was wearing and also probing if she was carrying any huge amount of cash.
The city police said investigations in the case were being carried out by the Villupuram district police and the missing complaint lodged by the victim’s daughter with the Nolambur police in Chennai had been closed.