The Kundadam police in Tirupur district said R Chitra, wife of 32-year-old S Ramesh, of Chinnakkampalayam village near Alangiyam at Dharapuram, was having illicit affairs with a 16-year-old boy, who was their relative, and 20-year-old K Manikandan, of the same locality, in 2020. The four were employed by Balasubramani to work on his farmland at Kathapulapatti village near Kundadam.
An investigation officer said the minor boy and Manikandan had picked up a fight over their relationship with Chita in an inebriated state in September last year, when they went to Kundadam market along with the woman to buy household items.
“Later, they returned to the farmland and fought with each other again. The woman’s husband intervened and tried to pacify the duo. However, Manikandan pushed Ramesh down and strangled him with a rope. Chitra and the minor boy then hit Manikandan on his head using an iron rod, killing him on the spot. The trio then buried the dead body on the farmland itself,” the officer said.
The case didn’t surface as Manikandan’s family didn’t lodge any missing person case. The officer said Manikandan was not that close to his family members.
Chitra, meanwhile, developed a new illicit affair with Nandhakumar, 25, who was working as a fitter. “Chitra, who was two months pregnant, asked him to take care of her properly. However, he started to avoid her. A week ago, she threatened Nandhakumar that she would murder him like the way she murdered her previous lover,” the officer said.
Nandhakumar approached deputy superintendent of police R Dhanarasu (Dharapuram sub-division) and narrated the incident. After a thorough inquiry to confirm the murder, a police team led by Kundadam police inspector O Anand arrested Chitra, her husband and the minor boy on Tuesday. They were booked under Sections 302 (punishment for murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence or giving false information to screen offender) of the Indian Penal Code.
After obtaining permission from the revenue department officials, skeletal remains of Manikandan were exhumed on Tuesday afternoon. They were sent to the forensic medicine department for further investigation.