A pair who reached Chennai from California early on Saturday have been murdered allegedly by their driver and his buddy, police stated, including that they arrested the duo—who had fled within the former’s automotive with 9 kg of gold and 60 kg of silver jewelry—from Ongole in Andhra Pradesh, 300km north, by the night.
According to the police, after Srikanth (60) and Anuradha (53), who had been within the US with their kids for the previous 10 months, reached Chennai airport round 3.30am, driver Krishna picked up and dropped them at their dwelling at Dwaraka Colony in Mylapore’s Brindavan Nagar.
Additional commissioner of police (south) N Kannan, stated the murders occurred round 1pm. “After they went to the US, Srikanath came to Chennai for a brief visit two months ago and went back. During that period, Krishna overheard a phone conversation made by Srikanth about a big property sale worth Rs 40 crore. He assumed the cash had been kept in the house. Even though Krishna was staying there, he did not have the keys. So he decided to wait for their arrival and committed the crime along with a friend, Ravi Rai from Darjeeling,” stated Kannan.
Krishna, who’s from Nepal, had labored for Srikanth for about seven years. His dad and mom had labored at Srikanth’s farmhouse on Chennai’s East Coast Road for almost 20 years. Krishna additionally was given a room at their Mylapore dwelling and was allowed to make use of their automotive of their absence.
It was their US-based daughter Sunantha who raised the primary alarm as she couldn’t contact her dad and mom. She requested a household buddy to go to the couple, however the door of the home was discovered locked and the automotive was lacking, in response to the police.
When a police crew reached the home round midday and broke open the door, it discovered stays of bloodstains and emptied cabinets. The police accessed the decision information data of Srikanth’s cellphone, which had obtained FastTag messages displaying that their automotive had handed by means of toll cubicles on the Chennai-Kolkata nationwide freeway. The police then knowledgeable their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh.
The police stated they discovered proof of suspicious exercise additionally on the household’s farmhouse on Chennai’s outskirts.
Meanwhile, the police traced Krishna’s cellphone to Ongole and alerted the Andhra police, who arrested each the accused. “If the police probe were delayed for a few more hours, they would have crossed the border and entered Nepal,” stated Kannan.
The further commissioner of police stated Krishna had married a Tamil girl and that they have been separated now. Their son is learning in Darjeeling. “That is how Krishna befriended Ravi Rai, who helped Krishna in the crime,” he stated.
According to the police, Krishna and Ravi had confessed that Anuradha was killed on the primary ground and that Srikanth was attacked within the work space on the bottom ground. They allegedly used a rounded blunt object to kill the couple. “After the murders, they opened the locker. Even though Rs 40 crore was not there in the locker, there were 9kg of gold and about 60 kg of silver. They took the jewellery, wrapped the bodies in bedsheets, cleaned the house with Dettol and shifted the bodies to the farm house on ECR,” Kannan stated.
Before leaving the Mylapore home, the accused additionally took the exhausting disk that had been recording CCTV footage, the police added.