Murder of watchman triggers panic about psychopath on prowl

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Chennai, Jul 14 (UNI) On the heels of the recovery of the half-burnt body of an apartment watchman who was fatally attacked at Vadapalani area in the city, yet another victim was found dead under similar circumstances today.

Police have recovered the half burnt body of a youth at West Mambalam area, about three km from Vadapalani, in the wee hours today, triggering panic among local residents.

A UNI reporter who visited the spot found stains of blood, ashes, burnt papers and some liquor bottles on the spot. Similar items were also recovered from the spot where the apartment watchman was found dead in Vadapalani a couple of days back.

As there were a lot of similarities between these two incidents and also a couple of them that took place over the last few weeks, police now believe that a psychopath is on the run, comitting such heinous crimes.

However, Joint Commissioner of Police (South) G Dorairaj, who rushed to the spot and conducted preliminary inquiries, ruled out any similarity between the two incidents.

''There is no similarity. We are probing all angles. We are yet to identify the victim'', he told UNI.

On being alerted by the locals, police rushed to the spot and removed the body of a suspected rag-picker, to the government royapettah hospital for post mortem.

Police are investigating the cause of the killing and the motive behind it. The incident has again triggered the fear of a psychopath killer on the prowl in the city.

It may be recalled that the upmarket Vadapalani area has been in the grip of fear after it witnessed three killings in the recent past. Last week alone, two people were killed with the victims being hit on the head with stones.

Following this, the city police claimed to have solved the mystery with the arrest of a psychopath Ekambaram. But the two deaths -- one in Vadapalani and West Mambalam -- has once again put the police officials on their toes.

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