Cheruthoni: A man has been taken into custody over the murder of his 48-year-old wife at Painavu in Kerala's Idukki district.
The body of Rajeena, a resident of Raneesh Vilasam, near Thannikkandam at Painavu was found at her house on Monday.
The police picked up her husband Mukkayya (64) in connection with the incident.
According to the police, Rajeena lived with Mukkayya and their younger son Rajeesh, a class-10 student, at their house in Painavu. Elder son Raneesh, a worker at a cardamom plantation in Kattappana, had reached home the previous day and handed over Rs 2,000. He left by 10 am the next day. Later, Mukkayya and Rajeena went to a plot next to their house to collect firewood. Younger son Rajeesh travelled to Painavu to buy provisions for home.
When Rajeesh returned home, he saw that his father was collecting firewood all alone. Rajeesh and Mukkayya took the firewood and headed home, where they found Rajeena dead and with her throat slit. The body was evidently dragged from the kitchen to the bedroom. There were signs that she was killed in the kitchen and removed to the other room. Her blood was collected in a bowl and kept in front of the pet dog.
Neighbours said that Rajeena had poor eyesight and showed psychiatric problems often. Mukkayya and Rajeena fought regularly. There was an argument between the couple when they were collecting firewood also and Rajeena returned home. Mukkayya followed her to their house and slit her throat in the kitchen. He then tidied the house and continued collecting firewood from the premises. As the neighbouring houses were vacant, nobody heard anything untoward.
Rajeena’s body was shifted to the Idukki Medical College Hospital.
Idukki District Police Chief K B Venugopal, DySP K A Abdul Salam, Idukki CI Rajan K Aramana, Kanjar CI Shinto P Kurien and Idukki SI Ajith reached the scene of the crime and collected evidence. Other police officers, dog squad and fingerprint experts also joined them.