Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Granny held over killing of 3 Malaysians.

CHENNAI: A 67-year-old woman is believed to have plotted the killing of a Malaysian woman and her two young children in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, last November, police said.
The woman, now in police custody in Madurai, is the grandmother of the prime suspect in the triple murders, who is believed to have fled to Malaysia with four other suspects.

"We discovered the grandmother was the mastermind of the murders. She was the one who told them (suspects) to seek revenge on the deceased.

"All the seven accused under our custody have also revealed she had a hand in the crime. 
"The bodies were initially buried in the woman's coconut plantation but later removed to another place," said Vadipatti police inspector P.R. Lakshmanan yesterday.

M. Adhila Banu, 24, her daughter Ajira Banu, 5, and son Mohd Aslan, 7, went missing from their home in Ramananthapura district on Nov 8.

Three days later, police discovered the highly decomposed bodies of the missing trio in a canal in Vadipatti, Madurai, about 150km from where they were abducted.

A probe revealed that the murders were linked to an old local gang war, and the three were killed to settle a score with Adhila's husband, who was last known to be working in Malaysia.

All the suspects are from Tamil Nadu.

The case, which kindled much media attention in South India, was transferred to the Tamil Nadu Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) last week, under orders from the Madras High Court.

"Innocent children have been murdered due to the alleged enmity between two families.

"In such circumstances, this court is convinced that the CB-CID would be the competent agency to continue investigation and complete the same after taking the assistance of the Malaysian police to bring the culprits back to India," said Justice V. Periya-karuppan, who ordered the transfer of the case, reported Outlook India.com. -- Bernama

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