US-returned Chennai couple murdered by domestic help, accused held with money

Srikanth, 60, and his 55-year-old wife Anuradha waves facing camera as they pose for a photograph on board an aeroplane. [Photo: Twitter]

Chennai: A couple in Chennai who returned from the United States a day ago was murdered by a domestic helper who stayed with them, police said.  The couple had been living with their children for the last ten months in California.

Police have recovered Rs 5 crore worth of jewellery including nine kilograms of gold looted from them. The police have arrested two people who had fled in the former’s car with 9 kg of gold and 60 kg of silver jewellery—from Ongole in Andhra Pradesh, 300km north.

The couple was identified as 60-year-old Srikanth and his 55-year-old wife Anuradha. Srikanth was a Chartered Accountant by profession.

The accused allegedly killed the couple in a gruesome way in their house and buried the bodies in their farmhouse outside Chennai. Police arrested him and another man from Andhra Pradesh as they attempted to escape to their hometown in Nepal.

The incident came to light when the couple’s daughter, who lives in the US, alerted local relatives after she could not reach her parents. Their mobile phones were switched off.

The two accused, the domestic help Krishnan who’s also an acting driver and his friend Ravi, were arrested by the police from Andhra Pradesh’s Ongole while they were trying to flee. The police used sophisticated tracking systems to catch them before they left the country.

“We have secured key evidence including the CCTV recorder which the accused had taken away. We have a strong case for conviction,” reports said quoting Dr Kannan, a senior officer in Chennai police, as saying.


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