COIMBATORE: A day after two women were found murdered in a house at Sowripalayam here, the Peelamedu police picked up a 45-year-old woman and her 25-year-old son in connection with the crime, on Tuesday.
V Lakshmi (75) and V Ayyamal (65), residents of Sowripalayam, were found dead in their house on Tuesday. While police initially suspected that the duo was strangulated, autopsy reports revealed traces of poison in their bodies.
Ayyamal had been working as a maid at an apartment block in the area. Recently, she had received a bonus of Rs 5,000 from the residents’ association.
Though initially the relatives of the victims claimed that four sovereigns were missing, investigations revealed that only half-a-sovereign had been stolen.
On Wednesday morning, police zeroed-in on Ayyamal’s daughter-in-law and grandson for their alleged role in the murders.
Ayyamal’s grandson S Ramesh (25), from Goundampalayam, had visited the victims at their place, sources said.
The police suspect that Ramesh might have fed the two of them a drink laced with poison. When the duo collapsed, Ramesh allegedly stole some cash and jewellery, which he later handed over to his mother, Palaniammal.
The Peelamedu police charged the two suspects under sections 302 and 392 of the IPC. Police said that the motive for murdering the two women was gain, which amounted to Rs 11,000.