Chennai: Police on Tuesday claimed to have
cracked the murder case of Nachal Chockalingam, an employee of
the local branch of Bank of America, with the arrest of a
The 26-year-old Nachal, a distant relative of Home
Minister P Chidambaram, was found murdered with strangle marks
on her neck in her residence in Mandaveli on Friday last.
Her face was also covered with a polythene bag.
City Police Commissioner J K Tripathy said Nachal was a
victim of murder for gain and a mason Marimuthu (27) has been
arrested in this connection.
Chidambaram had visited the family of Nachal on Sunday
to express his condolence.
Talking to reporters here, Tripathy said Marimuthu had
been working for sometime for Nachal`s neighbour and therefore
was well acquainted about her.
On July 15, he entered Nachal`s house on the pretext of
checking some seepage and entered the bedroom where she was
and demanded jewels and cash.
When Nachal asked him to get out, he closed her mouth and
when she resisted he strangulated her, Tripathy said.
To ensure that she was dead, Marimuthu tied a plastic bag
on her face besides tying up her hands, he said, adding, he
took away her golden bangles and chain, a mobile phone and
Rs 5000 cash.
During questioning, Marimuthu confessed to the murder,