Days after the severed limbs of a woman were found in a garbage truck in Chennai's Pallikaranai district, the city police on Thursday identified the deceased as the wife of a small-time cinema producer cum director. The victim is alleged to have been murdered by her husband who then chopped her body into parts and dumped the parts packed in plastic bags in various garbage bins in the city.
The police had recovered woman’s limbs — a hand and two legs — at the Corporation dump yard at suburban Perungudi on January 19.
Corporation’s sanitation workers brought the garbage in a truck from Kodambakkam area of the city to Perungudi, who alerted the police about this.
The police, who began an investigation last month arrested 51-year-old Balakrishnan for allegedly killing his wife, Sandhya (35).
“Various cases of missing women were examined, among them identification marks of Sandhya who went missing in Chennai matched with the tattoos found on the severed legs,” Chennai Police Commissioner A K Vishwanathan told reporters when asked how the case was solved.
Balakrishnan, after killing his wife on January 19, dismembered the body the next day and dumped the parts packed in plastic bags in various garbage bins in the city, police said.
During investigation, Balakrishnan confessed to having committed the crime suspecting her fidelity, they said.
“Based on information he gave, another part of the woman’s body was also found Wednesday,” the police said, adding that further investigation is on to find the woman’s head and torso.
Sandhya hailed from Thoothukudi in the state.
(With PTI inputs)
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