Tirunelveli, Jul 31: The prime accused in the sensational murder of former Tirunelveli woman Mayor Uma Maheswari, her husband and their housemaid was remanded to 14 days judicial custody by a Judicial Magistrate (JM) court here on early Wednesday.
S.Karthikeyan (39) alias Karthik, son of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (DMK) Adi Dravida Wing State Deputy Secretary S.Seeniammal, who was nabbed by a special police team on Sunday night, six days after the gruesome triple murder, was formally arrested based on his confession on Tuesday night.
He was produced before the Judicial Magistrate V. Tirunelveli P.S.A.Nishanthini at her house in the wee hours of today, who remanded him in judicial custody. Later, he was lodged in the Central Prison at Palayamkottai. The investigating officials recovered a bag containing a pair of gold studs, six bangles, a chain, a bracelet and four rings, weighing 25 sovereigns and a knife used for committing the crime from the house of Karthikeyan at Shanthi Nagar here last night.
Uma Maheswari (65), her husband Murugasankaran (74) and their housemaid Mari were found murdered in the house at Rose Nagar in Tirunelveli city on July 23.
Karthikeyan committed the triple murder over political enemity between his mother Seeniammal and Uma Maheswari, who is also a senior DMK leader. Director General of Police J.K.Tripathy on Monday ordered the transfer of the triple murder case to the Crime Branch – Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) wing considering its sensitivity.
The CB-CID police were expected to file an application before the JM court soon seeking the custody of Karthikeyan for further investigation in the case, as the cops suspect the involvement of contract killers hired by the prime accused. (UNI)