A middle-aged housewife in Kerala was murdered by a migrant worker from Maharashtra after she failed to give him the promised supari amount for killing her father-in-law, police said Saturday.
Kozhikode rural police have arrested Naveen Yadav, 24, who hails from Ramnagar police limits in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district.
Yadav was working at a hotel run by one P Surendran in Kozhikode for past three years. Surendran’s wife Leela was found murdered in their house on Wednesday evening, said the police.
Investigating Officer Sunil Kumar said Surendran’s father Gopalan, 74, was paralysed and required Leela’s help for every basic need. So Leela allegedly wanted to get rid of him. She conspired with Yadav to kill her father-in-law and Yadav agreed to murder Gopalan for Rs 3 lakh, the police alleged.
On March 5, Yadav allegedly slit Gopalan’s wrists, leaving him to bleed to death. Leela helped him destroy the evidence, the police said. Family and the police concluded that Gopalan had committed suicide.
The police said that when Yadav demanded the promised money, Leela threatened that she would tell the police that he had killed her father-in-law. “Whenever, Yadav demanded the supari money, Leela repeated the threat. Provoked by her reluctance to give money and threat, Yadav hacked her to death. He also robbed gold ornaments from her body. He was nabbed with the help of another migrant worker,” said Kumar.
The inspector said Yadav’s criminal antecedents in Maharashtra were being verified.