Chennai: A 35-year-old sweet stall worker murdered his wife and her three daughters, smashing their heads with an iron rod, and stayed with the bodies for two days in his Royapettah house before the crime was discovered on Thursday night, police said.
After the owner of the building on Muthu Street where Chinnaraj stayed was alerted by the stench and called police, a team picked him up on the service road on Marina beach when he came to take his parked bike.
During questioning, the native of Bargur in Krishnagiri district admitted to killing his wife Pandiammal, 38, and her daughters aged 19, 17 and 15 because he was not allowed entry to the tiny house for over a month. A court on Friday sent Chinnaraj to jail.
The eldest of the girls planned to do a paramedical course, the youngest was a Class 12 student while the other girl was studying in a polytechnic, police said.
Chinnaraj told police he met Pandiammal four years ago in Palani where she eked out a living selling idlis after being deserted by her husband. They soon got married, and Chinnaraj brought Pandiammal and her daughters to the tiny first floor accommodation behind the Royapettah police station.
Soon, inquiries found, Pandiammal began fighting with Chinnaraj over the 200 sq ft house and also didn’t want him in the same space as her grown-up daughters.
Over the past one month, Chinnaraj had been sleeping outside the house, police said. Recently, the five went to Pandiammal’s native village near Karaikudi and returned on June 20.
The same night, Chinnaraj returned late, barged into the house and hit his wife with an iron rod killing her instantly, police said.
He then killed her three daughters one after the other with the same rod and then fell alseep there.
On Thursday morning, when house owner Raja Bahadur, 78, asked him about the foul smell, Chinnaraj said a rat had died in the house and that he would clean it up. He then locked the house and left.
Later that night, unable to bear the stench, Bahadur informed police. A team arrived, broke the door and found the four bodies.
Police said all the four bodies were found without clothes. “We will be able to come to a definite conclusion only after getting hold of the autopsy report,” a police officer said.