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Woman strangled to death in Anna Nagar

By K. Manikandan

CHENNAI, JULY 12. In yet another murder for gain in the city, a 28-year-old housewife was strangled to death when she was alone in her flat in the Tamil Nadu Housing Board Apartment complex at Naduvangarai, Anna Nagar, this morning.

Anita was found dead in her third floor flat when her house-owner's assistant came to collect the rent around 11 a.m. Her five sovereign thaali (chain) and a couple of bangles were robbed. However, two earrings and some bangles were found intact, police said.

Anna Nagar police, who are investigating the murder, said her husband Biju, who works in a shipping company, had left for work at 8.45 a.m. Anitha dropped Abhijit, her seven-year-old son, at a private matriculation school in the area and returned home. She later rang up a meat stall and ordered for mutton to be delivered home. Police said the mutton was delivered around 10.00 a.m.

Meanwhile, when the house-owner's assistant came to the house, he found the door open. He called out to the woman and as there was no response, he pushed open the door and noticed Anitha lying on the floor bleeding. He informed Anna Nagar police who rushed a team to the spot.

The police said the murder must have taken place between 9.30 and 10.30 a.m, and the victim had been attacked with sharp weapons on her face. Chilli powder was strewn all over the flat. They were not sure whether it was done deliberately by the culprits to prevent sniffer dogs from picking up the scent or if the woman had tried to throw it on the assailants in a bid to protect herself.

The police have picked up a delivery boy from the mutton stall for questioning. They said the scene of crime did not indicate any violent protest and no one in the complex had heard any cry or alarm when the murder took place.

A. Arun, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anna Nagar district, said investigators had picked up some clues, and six teams had been formed to solve the murder.

The murder in broad daylight has traumatised residents of the complex, located on Seventh Main Road. Neighbours and relatives said they were shocked at the murder of Anitha, whom they described as "quiet and introverted". The couple, belonging to Kerala, had shifted into the flat about two years ago.

"Though there have been violent incidents nearby, this is the first time it is happening here. We are very scared," a woman clutching her infant son in her arms, said.

This is the third instance within a month of a woman being done to death in daytime, despite claims of visible policing with the induction of brand new and sleek police patrol vehicles.

Vimochana Bai, 62, was stabbed to death at her house in Ice House on June 17. Four days later, 44-year-old S. Parimalam was killed inside her flat at the Central Public Works Department quarters in K.K.Nagar.

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