The killings sent shock waves across the predominantly residential area as it took place right opposite the Police Training College.
Police said while the retired bureaucrat Saravanan (74) was found murdered in kitchen on the first floor of his Bungalow, his wife Kasturi (73) and maid Anbarasi (17) were found dead in the bedroom.
Their throats were slit. According to police, the killers might have used kitchen knive as the murder weapon.
The incident came to light around 0600 hrs when Saravanan’s family friend Unnikrishnan made his routine visit to meet him. On information, senior police officials, including Chennai City Police Commisioner K Radhakrishnan, Deputy Commissioner Muthusamy rushed to the spot and held preliminary inquiries.
The bodies were removed to Royapettah Government Hospital for autopsy. Police have registered a case of murder for gain as the house was ransacked and gold jewels and property documents were found missing. Saravanan was also a former professor of the Presidency college, while his wife was a retired state government official. The aged couple were long- time residents of the area and were friendly with everyone.
As the main doors were found open and the couple had no issues, police suspect the involvement of close family relatives, who could have hired a mercenary gang to execute the murder. The authorities also did not rule out the possibility of property feud as the reason for the killings. Saravanan, said to be very close to late Chief Minister MGR, had served as TAMIN Chairman during the AIADMK regime headed by MGR.
Talking to reporters after visiting the spot, Mr Radhakrishnan said ten special teams had been formed to nab the culprits