Chennai: Chennai Corporation is conducting an inquiry into the alleged involvement of a civic body worker in a ‘theft’ of a buried body of college girl from Kailasapuram burial ground in Mylapore for a black magician from Perambalur.
Black magician Karthikeyan, now arrested, had given his new Mahindra TUV 300 to transport the body from Chennai to Perambalur.
“We will get a report on the entire issue by Monday and then only we will know if any corporation employee is involved or any contract worker is involved,” a health official from Chennai corporation said when this newspaper contacted the civic body as the Kailasapuram burial ground is managed by the corporation.
So far six people, including four from Chennai had been arrested by the Perambalur police, who swung into action on Saturday by arresting sorcerer Karthikeyan and his wife Deepika aka Nazima from MM Nagar.
Those arrested from Chennai have been identified as Dhanraj, working in the Chennai corporation manned burial ground in Kailasapuram, his assistant named Karthik and Karthikeyan’s associates Vinod Kumar and Sathish alias Balaji, residents of ECR. Police had slapped cases under various IPC sections including cheating, act caused by inducing a person to believe that he will be rendered an object of the divine displeasure etc., among others.
“He was performing kali pooja using the exhumed body of Abirami from Chennai to attain more power,” a senior police officer said. He had been pouring lots of wax in the gaps of the coffin in which the body was kept to keep the foul smell under control. The body was kept in his apartment. Despite his use of wax some neighbours noticed a foul smell emanating and informed the police. Police on Saturday found out that he was keeping the body.
Abhirami, a third year college student and daughter of Jayaraman from Teynampet had committed suicide on January 18 and her body, buried on January 19 was procured by him after spending `20,000.
The body was transported in his new black Mahindra TUV 300 (which is yet to be registered) to Perambalur on the night of January 26. It was Sathish who drove the vehicle.
Perambalur police had arrested him in 2015 for his suspicious activities. “A class IV dropout, he had even conducted a conference on Mantrika. As editor, he publishes books on the subject. It looks like he has lots of rich clients who seek advice and black magic help from him to solve their problems. He had been also spending a lot,” police revealed.
Ever since the police picked him up on Saturday, he had been boasting about his capabilities to the police team. More than 20 skulls were recovered along with many other pooja articles, books and idols of god and goddess from his apartment. It is not clear if he had procured any other body from any graveyards in the past.
Mother identifies daughter’s decomposed body
Police arrested four more persons in connection with performing pooja with a dead body by a self- styled tantric to ward off evil spirits, at Perambalur on Sunday.
It might be recalled that police had already arrested the Police arrested a self-styled tantric S. Karthikeyan (33) and his wife Naseema Bhanu (21), incident for possessing a highly decomposed body of a woman from the house of a man claiming to practice black magic at M.M. Nagar in Perambalur on Saturday.
Police said the incident came to light after neighbours grew suspicious over the foul smell emanating from the house and alerted the police.
Police conducted the raid at Karthikeyan’s house and recovered the decomposed body and other items on Friday.
The family members including the mother of Abirami, whose body was recovered from Karthikeyan’s house came to Perambalur on Sunday and identified and confirmed that the decomposed body was her daughter.