Chennai: A gut-wrenching incident added to Chennai’s rising violent crimes, when a 35-year-old-man allegedly murdered his wife along with 3 step-daughters on June 20. The convict managed to hide the dead bodies for two days, until the residents of a building on Muthu Street in Royapettah called up the house owner Raja Bahadur, 78, complaining of a foul stench.
The owner alerted the police, who broke into the perpetrator, Chinnarasu’s,one-room house and found the partially decomposed bodies of the four unclad women.
On Friday, police arrested Chinnaraj, native of Bargur in Krishnagiri district, when he came to take his bike parked on the service road off the Marina. During inquiry, he admitted to have killed his wife Pandiammal, 38, and her three daughters Pavithra, 19, Parimala, 18 and Sneha, 16. The Royapettah Police booked Chinnaraj for murder and he has now been sent to jail.
The accused married C-Meena aka Pandiammal in 2012 in Palani. She lived with her daughters and was selling idlis after her first husband deserted her. Chinnaraj, a cook at a sweet stall in Foreshore Estate brought Pandiammal and her daughters to Chennai in the cramped residential building, after their marriage.
In preliminary enquiry it was revealed that, he once tried to sexually abuse one of his step-daughters. Ever since, Pandiammal forced him to sleep outside the house.
According to the neighbours, Pavithra was a polytechnic student, while Parimala was trying to get admission for some paramedical course. Sneha was a class XII student.
“The last we saw of the women was on Monday after they returned from their native place in Karaikudi last week,” said a neighbour requesting anonymity. On the same day, Chinnarasu and Meena quarrelled over the former’s behaviour towards Pavithra, said a police official.
A statement from the city police read: “He was sent out for the night, but he woke up around 3 am and entered the house. He killed Meena by hitting her with an iron rod. He then proceeded to kill his stepdaughters by strangulating them using the wire of an iron box.”
Police officials at the crime scene suspected Chinnarasu had intercourse with the corpses, a theory that can be validated only after autopsy.
The police recovered the bodies and sent them for postmortem.