CHENNAI: A strained relationship between a couple over debt took an ugly turn on Tuesday when the man allegedly stabbed his wife to death and later killed himself by jumping before a moving train at Thiruvallur.
The incident came to light when the Manavala Nagar police got information at around 10.30 am that a woman was found dead in a beauty parlour she was running in the locality.
When police arrived at the parlour, the victim K Poongothai, 35, had suffered severe blood loss and succumbed to the cut injuries on her neck.
A letter was found at the scene. It is said to have been written by her husband M Kamalakannan, 40, saying he had killed his wife and himself, police said
“Immediately, we got the cellphone number of Kamalakannan and started calling him. He did not respond,” said the police.
At around 11.30 am, the railway police got information about a man found dead on the railway tracks near Thiruvallur and identified it to be Kamalakannan.
Police said enquiries with the family revealed that the couple was having a troubled relationship after they got into a debt trap. “The family members say the couple has been facing a debt of `8 lakh and there were quarrels between them over the issue,” police said.
“Kamalakannan was upset with Poongothai as she gave a portion of her earnings to her brother,” said the police. Owing to this, the couple got separated and Poongothai was living with her father at Ambattur for the last few days, police added.
On Tuesday, she left her house and reached the parlour in an auto. From eyewitnesses accounts, police said, it was learnt that Kamalakannan was waiting near the parlour from morning for the arrival of his wife. After she arrived, he is said to have used a blade to stab Poongothai to death and left the parlour locked from the outside. Later, the man ended his life on the railway track, police said.
The couple leaves behind two sons - one a class XII student and the other a class IX student.
Pillion Rider Killed
Sujatha (40), a cashier in a private eye-hospital, died in an accident in Kasimedu riding pillion on a two-wheeler, on Tuesday.
According to police, the deceased was a resident of Tiruvotriyur and was working in Tondiarpet.
She was late for work on Tuesday morning and requested a family friend, Bharath Kumar to drop her off on his way to work.
Passing through Sooriya Narayanan Chetty Street in Kasimedu, a container-trailer hit the rear of the two-wheeler around 8.40 am. While Kumar managed to maintain his balance without falling down, Sujatha fell down, was caught under the wheels of the heavy vehicle. She was killed on the spot.