VELLORE: The woman, with whom the late Shameel Ahmed (not Sameel Basha as identified earlier) was having an illicit relationship with, has yet to be traced with her mobile phone remaining switched off.
Twenty-three year old Pavithra, wife of Palani and mother of a four-and-a-half-year old daughter, went missing on June 13. Pavithra and Ahmed were working in the same leather factory in Pallikonda till six months ago and were allegedly carying on an extramarital relationship. They were sacked from work after the management learned about their affair.
Ahmed took up a job in a jewellery showroom in Erode and continued his relationship with Pavithra.
On June 13, Pavithra left her home and apparently called Ahmed over the phone to meet him. Ahmed told her that he was at work in Erode and asked her to come to Erode where they met in a house for a day after which Ahmed called and told her family members that he had sent Pavithra back home. However, Pavithra did not return home, police said.
Following this, Palani and his family members picked up a quarrel with Ahmed’s family residing in Ambur. Ahmed’s uncle Khaleel handed Ahmed over to the Pallikonda police on June 15 to look into the issue.
Detained by the Inspector of Pallikonda, Martin Premraj, at his police quarters for four days, Ahmed was allegedly beaten up and handed back to his family on June 19. Ahmed later died on June 26 at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital, Chennai.
Meanwhile, Pavithra remains untraceable, with Pallikonda police registering a missing woman case, which will be investigated after normalcy is restored in Ambur, according to a senior police officer.
Erode police have been told to keep a look out for Pavithra.