Murder of Idukki woman during robbery: Neighbour arrested

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Idukki: Days after the murder of a housewife here, police arrested the accused on Saturday. The 62-year-old housewife named Chinnamma was found charred to death at her residence in Narakakkanam here on Wednesday. A probe into the death led to the arrest of her neighbour Vetiiyankal Saji.

Saji told police that he hacked Chinnamma with a knife and set her ablaze by leaking the gas cylinder.

A probe team led by Kattppana DySP arrested Saji. It is revealed that he attacked Chinnamma with a sharp object during a robbery attempt.

Chinnamma was found charred to death inside the kitchen at her house on Wednesday around 5 pm. Earlier, police didn’t find anything suspicious about the death and assumed that she was killed in a gas cylinder explosion. But later, the probe team noticed blood stains on various parts of the wall. It was also noticed that the fire only spread to Chinnamma’s body and no other items in the house caught fire. A bedsheet was also found under the dead body and some clothes were also recovered from the body. The probe team raised suspicion about the death after noticing these clothes.

In the preliminary assumption, police dismissed the gas cylinder explosion as confirming that Chinnamma was well experienced in using a gas stove. At the same time, nearly 7 sovereigns of jewellery were found missing from Chinnama’s body.

Later, police formed a special investigation team under Kattappana DySP and traced the accused.

Being the neighbour, the accused knew that Chinnamma will be alone at home during day time. Taking advantage of these hours, he broke into the house for stealing the woman’s chain and bangles. But when Chinnamma tried to block the robbery, the accused hacked her. When she collapsed, he set her body on fire by leaking the cooking gas cylinder.

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