Trichy: With so many precious lives being lost everyday, much has been written about people's growing fascination for taking selfies. However, contrary to what has been often reported, a Facebook selfie has landed a killer, on the run for seven long years, behind bars in Trichy district in Tamil Nadu.
According to reports, a 45-year-old man named Mani came from abroad to settle with his wife in Nanniyur in Ariyalur district in 2009. However, their relationship soon soured as Mani started suspecting his wife's fidelity.
In August 2009, during a fight, Mani killed his wife by slitting her throat in a fit of rage and disappeared from the scene. The local police, which found the dead body of Mani's wife in
a pool of blood next day, remained clueless about his whereabouts for close to seven years.
In order to evade law, Mani relocated to Chennai, took on a new identity as 'Kandaswamy' and started working as a server in restaurants.
For the past three years, Mani was associated with a restaurant at Tondiarpet. Mani's parents believed that their son had died in Kerala where he used to go often for work.
But, in a sudden twist of fate, one of his relatives in Ariyalur noticed a photo of Mani taken in the restaurant where he worked.
Smelling something fishy, four of his relatives then began investigating about him. They set their eyes on the restaurant and soon found Mani working there as a server.
"When Mani found his relatives in the restaurant, he tried to evade them. This confirmed their suspicions," Ariyalur Deputy Superintendent of Police P Muthukaruppan was quoted as saying by the Times Of India.
The relatives then informed the local police after which Mani was taken into custody.
He was brought to Ariyalur on Wednesday and produced in the Ariyalur judicial magistrate court, which sent him to the Trichy Central Prison for his role in his wife's murder and evading law.