Serial murders leave Chennai police foxed

July 17th, 2008 - 8:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 17 (IANS) The burnt body of a security guard was discovered in the southwest suburb here Thursday, the third mysterious murder in the city in the past 10 days and the sixth in a month. The continuous murders with similar modus operandi have triggered fears and rumours about a psychopath killer and left the authorities foxed, official sources told IANS Thursday.

The latest victim, S. Basha, 45, was found charred to death with his head bashed with a stone, the police said.

Failure to identify the apparent motive behind the murder and the victims’ poor backgrounds have left the police in a quandary, sources said. Police interrogate over 150 tramps every day, sources added.

Police commissioner R. Sekar, who ruled out possibilities of a psychopath earlier, said: “All angles are being looked into.”

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