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Clue in a tea cup helps solve murder case


Accused was convicted in another murder case, writes

S. Vijay Kumar


When Meena Kumari (43) of MMDA Colony was found dead in her bedroom last month, investigators hardly had any clue about the suspect. There was not much of evidence to indicate a murder for gain case. The family had no enmity outside that could provoke an attack. Neighbours neither saw any stranger entering the house nor remembered having heard any unusual noise.

Acting on the instructions of Anna Nagar Deputy Commissioner of Police S. Panneerselvam, a special team of the Arumbakkam police made a careful inspection of the scene of crime and found that there was a cup with some tea left in it. Inquiries revealed that Meena Kumari was in the habit of having only coffee. The only person in the family who used to have tea was her brother Dilli Babu (50) of Tiruverkadu.

Police mounted surveillance on Dilli Babu who was present at the funeral. “We had to be very careful because the only clue was the cup of tea. The accused gave no room for suspicion. Any attempt to interrogate him might have evoked sharp reactions from the family members,” said Inspector of Police (Arumbakkam) S. Anantharaman.

A day after police received specific information that Dilli Babu had visited Meena Kumari on the day of the murder. Further inquiries with the help of family sources revealed that the suspect was in the habit of borrowing money from his sister. “ We picked up Dilli Babu for interrogation. After being cornered with available evidence, he confessed to having murdered his sister after she refused to give him money on that day. After a heated argument, Dilli Babu smothered her to death,” Mr. Anantharaman said.

After arresting the accused person, police came to know of some startling facts about him. Dilli Babu was already convicted in a murder case. The Sembium police had arrested him on charges of murdering his wife in 2002. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court and he got released from the prison on appeal bail.

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