Chennai: Three days after the arrest of film director S.R. Balakrishnan on the charges of murdering his wife, junior artist Sandhiya, of Thoothukudi, the city police are still searching for the remaining body parts of the woman including her head, at the Pallikaranai dump yard.
According to sources, the police began searching for the head and torso of the victim at the dump yard after the February 6 arrest of the director. Ten policemen have been deployed for the purpose.
Multiple excavators are being used to sift through garbage that has collected over two weeks, when the woman is suspected to have been murdered.
A police sniffer dog, Baison, was taken to the dump yard to help find Sandhya's body parts.
Police questioned several conservancy workers to find the spot where the garbage from Jafferkhanpet and Ekkatuthangal could have been dumped.
According to the police, Balakrishanan first murdered Sandhya with a hammer in his house in Jafferkhanpet and then chopped her body with a machete into five pieces. He packed them into three plastic bags and disposed of the bags in garbage bins in and around Jafferkhanpet.
When the limbs were found on January 21, the police only had one clue to identify her - a tattoo on her right hand.
They sent out alerts to police stations across the state to find if there was any information on a missing woman bearing the statue. Thoothukudi police confirmed that a missing complaint was filed by Sandhya's mother, thus leading to the identifying of the murder victim....