S Sivamurthi (47), a knit-wear exporter from Tirupur and a distant relative of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, who went missing on Monday, was found murdered in what police believe is a case of kidnap for ransom that had gone awry.
Sivamurthi, son-in-law of Chidambaram’s wife Nalini’s sister Padmini, went missing on Monday and his body was fished out of a lake in Hosur on Wednesday on the basis of information given by three alleged abductors—Vimal, Gautham and Manibharathi
According to police, Sivamurthi’s business contact Vimal called him out on Monday to meet a friend and he left in his car. The two were later joined by Gautham and Manibharathi. He later called his father and told him that he was going to Coimbatore and would return in the night. When he failed to return, his father lodged a complaint with Tirupur police. His call was traced to Sathyamangalam. Later it was found switched off.
Police, however traced the movement of his car as it was fitted with GPS They intercepted the car at Ambur near Vellore on Wednesday and arrested the three. Police gathered from them that they had strangled Sivamurthi to death after he raised an alarm and dumped the body in a lake in Hosur.
The police further said Vimal had incurred business losses and, therefore, hatched the plot to abduct Sivamurthi for ransom. Sivamurthi’s body was fished out of the Hosur Lake and handed over to relatives after post-mortem examination. It was cremated in Tirupur and the funeral was attended by Chidambaram and other relatives.