Man strangulated mother of two before jumping in front of speeding train

Man strangulated mother of two before  jumping in front of speeding train
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Puthoor: This town in Kollam district is in a state of shock even two days after a murder-suicide case over an illicit affair.

After a woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a rented house at Vendar near here in Kollam district on Thursday, the body of a man, whom the police were searching in connection with her death, was found on a railway track some time later.

The body of Smitha, 34, hailing from Kottathala in Kollam district, was found on the bed with injuries to her neck. Her lover Saneesh, 32, was found dead on a railway track near to Kollam railway station and police suspect that he jumped in front of a speeding train after murdering Smitha.

Smitha, Saneesh
Smitha, Saneesh

Smitha, whose husband Deepesh is working in Qatar, was staying along with her two children in the rented house for the past two years.

According to police, Saneesh was a frequent visitor to Smitha’s house and she introduced him to others as her younger brother. Saneesh came to the house on Wednesday (June 3) evening and both had a bitter altercation, as per the children’s statement to the police.

Police said that Saneesh was supposed to get engaged to a girl in the immediate future. Early in the morning, Saneesh called up Smitha’s friend at Kottathala and informed her that Smitha was unwell and should be immediately taken to hospital. Police found that Saneesh made the phone call from Karicode near here and later switched off his cell phone. Police suspect that Saneesh went to Kollam and committed suicide by jumping in front of a moving train. His motorcycle was found near the railway station.

As the key to the house was left on the lock, Smitha’s friend and husband entered the house and found Smitha lying on a bed with injury marks on her neck suggesting that she was strangulated using a cable wire or something. Police found Saneesh’s amulet and thread entangled in Smitha’s anklet.

Though Smitha was taken to the Kottakkara Taluk hospital with the help of neighbours, doctors declared her brought dead. Later, police received information that Saneesh’s body was found on the railway track.

The neighbours said that it was Saneesh who arranged the rented house for Smitha and she introduced him as her younger brother and her children addressed him as uncle.