A pair who reached Chennai from California early on Saturday had been murdered allegedly by their driver and his buddy, police mentioned, including that they arrested the duo—who had fled within the former’s automobile with 9 kg of gold and 60 kg of silver jewelry—from Ongole in Andhra Pradesh, 300km north, by the night.
In keeping with 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.
Further commissioner of police (south) N Kannan, mentioned the murders occurred round 1pm. “After they went to the US, Srikanath got here to Chennai for a short go to two months in the past and went again. Throughout that interval, Krishna overheard a cellphone dialog made by Srikanth a few massive property sale price Rs 40 crore. He assumed the money had been stored in the home. Although Krishna was staying there, he didn’t have the keys. So he determined to attend for his or her arrival and dedicated the crime together with a buddy, Ravi Rai from Darjeeling,” mentioned 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 Highway for almost 20 years. Krishna additionally was given a room at their Mylapore dwelling and was allowed to make use of their automobile 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 automobile was lacking, based on the police.
When a police group reached the home round midday and broke open the door, it discovered stays of bloodstains and emptied cabinets. The police accessed the decision knowledge information of Srikanth’s cellphone, which had obtained FastTag messages displaying that their automobile had handed by means of toll cubicles on the Chennai-Kolkata nationwide freeway. The police then knowledgeable their counterparts in Andhra Pradesh.
The police mentioned they discovered proof of suspicious exercise additionally on the household’s farmhouse on Chennai’s outskirts.
In the meantime, the police traced Krishna’s cellphone to Ongole and alerted the Andhra police, who arrested each the accused. “If the police probe had been delayed for a couple of extra hours, they might have crossed the border and entered Nepal,” mentioned Kannan.
The extra commissioner of police mentioned Krishna had married a Tamil girl and that they had been separated now. Their son is finding out in Darjeeling. “That’s how Krishna befriended Ravi Rai, who helped Krishna within the crime,” he mentioned.
In keeping with 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. Although Rs 40 crore was not there within the locker, there have been 9kg of gold and about 60 kg of silver. They took the jewelry, wrapped the our bodies in bedsheets, cleaned the home with Dettol and shifted the our bodies to the farm home on ECR,” Kannan mentioned.
Earlier than leaving the Mylapore home, the accused additionally took the exhausting disk that had been recording CCTV footage, the police added.