PUDUKKOTTAI: Two 70-year-old sisters were murdered and Rs 10 lakh in cash stolen from their house in Ponnamaravathi near here. The murders came to light when their brother visited them on Friday night.
According to sources, Saraswathi (69) and Valliyammai (72), both sisters and widowed, were staying at the former’s house in Valaiyappatti near Ponnamaravathi. It is said that their brother Chidambaram, a resident of Nattarasankottai in Sivaganga, had been trying to contact them sisters over the phone since Friday afternoon but in vain. Growing suspicious, he requested Saraswati’s neighbours to find out and get him the details about his sisters. When the neighbours went to Saraswati’s house, they found the front door broken and alerted Chidambaram.
Chidambaram rushed to Valaiyappatti on Friday at around 9 pm and found both of his sisters lying dead in a pool of blood with cut injuries to their neck. Immediately, he alerted Ponnamaravathi police, and a team of police personnel led by DSP Ilangovan rushed to the spot. The police team retrieved the dead bodies and sent them to Ponnamaravathi GH for examination.
ES Uma, Superintendent of police also visited the spot and made enquiries with Chidambaram and neighbours. A sniffer dog was brought to the scene to assist in the investigation but it couldn’t pick any clues. Forensic experts also rushed to the spot and took finger prints from the crime scene. According to Chidambaram, Rs 10 lakh was kept at the victims’ house following sale of their ancestral land and the money was missing.