VILLUPURAM : The retired woman doctor from Chennai who went missing two days ago was found dead with strangulation marks on her throat in a deserted spot at a village here on Sunday. Malliga Ravi, 63, who had been residing at Mogappair in Chennai after retiring as the Chief Medical Officer of Gail, Hyderabad, had gone missing on Thursday evening after leaving home for a property deal, details of which are still sketchy. She had hired a call driver for the trip. After failing to reach her phone, her daughter Rohini Priya, a software engineer, filed a complaint with the Nolambur police, who suspected it to be a case of kidnap for ransom, and began probing the background of the driver.
On Friday morning, passers-by noticed the body of a woman along the Mailam-Sendur road in Villupuram and alerted the local police at Mailam. The body was sent to Mundiyambakkam Government Hospital for post-mortem examination, while a special team collected evidence from the spot and began investigation, said Siva Shankar, DSP in-charge of Tindivanam. She had strangulation marks, he added.
The probe team sent the woman’s photographs to all police stations to trace if any missing person complaints were filed. Rohini was contacted late on Saturday with a photograph of the body which she identified as that of her mother. On Sunday, Rohini and her father, Ravi Babu, also a former senior staff at Gail, reached the hospital and formally identified the body.
Speaking to Express, one of Malliga’s relatives said the doctor was residing in Chennai with her husband Ravi Babu after retiring from the PSU as its Chief Medical Officer. Babu was a chief manager at Gail. Their elder daughter R Harini Priya is married and settled in London, while the younger daughter, Rohini, lives on the other side of Mogappair with her husband.