The murder of a couple in Dwaraka Colony in Mylapore evoked shock, sympathy and emotional outpouring from all quarters.
The crime has also highlighted the smart work accomplished by the police based in Mylapore. The team cracked the case in less than six hours after a call went out to the police station on Kutchery Road.
This smart work by the local police came in for appreciation even from the chief minister of the state, M. K. Stalin. Stalin appreciated the team headed by deputy commissioner of Mylapore zone, Disha Mittal.
Piecing the information that has been shared by the police, here is how the police worked smartly to track and nab the two accused – a driver and house-help of the couple and his friend.
– The police were alerted after a relative of the couple personally went to the Dwaraka Colony residence to check about their condition after the couple’s daughter in the USA, whom the couple had just visited, realised that neither her father nor her mother were picking up her calls around 10 a.m. She had spoken to them twice earlier – when they landed at the Chennai airport from the USA at about 3.30 a.m., and after they got home. The daughter had also got evasive replies from the couple’s driver, who lived in the outhouse. The police recorded the complaint call around 10.30 a.m. Their first suspect was the driver.
– When the police arrived at the Mylapore house and began probing, they found out that large amounts of gold and silver and valuables had been cleaned up from the safe. They also observed the smell of a cleansing agent, noting that it had been freshly used. And they also spotted a few blood stains.
– When the police tried calling up the driver, his phone was switched off. Meanwhile, the tele-service provider was alerted, to track the user. Since the police calls to the driver drew a blank, they sent him a blank message. Much later, when the accused switched on his phone, the police got to know that the accused was moving towards Andhra state.
– The couple’s car was also missing from the house. The police alerted toll plazas. One image at a ECR toll plaza showed the accused crossing the toll line at dawn. The police realised that the accused had been on the ECR. They were told the couple owned a farm house there. The police made a quick dash to that farm house; there was a freshly dug pit and some blood-stained implements around. The accused had taken the couple’s bodies in the car and buried them here.
– The police then received an alert from a Padi ( north Chennai) toll plaza; the CCTV here had recorded the movement of the car driven by the accused and his aide. They sensed the duo, one from Nepal and one from the north-east, were fleeing north.
– Police alerted the district police in Andhra Pradesh, asking them to keep a tab at all the highway poll plazas. The accused were nabbed near Ongole.
Photo used here is of the accused.