Crime
The Kovai police are yet to nab the father, who went absconding after the murder.

In an incident that has left many in shock, the Coimbatore police is on the lookout for a man who killed his two daughters over a fight with his wife on Thursday. The incident happened within the Singanallur police station limits.

Padmanabhan and his wife Selvarani lived in the Masakkalipalayam area of Coimbatore with their daughters Hemavarshini (15) and Sreeja (8). The girls were students in a nearby private school. The couple reportedly were having marital issues over the past few years and have been engaged in fights frequently.

On Thursday night, Padmanabhan and Selvarani had fought over something. Selvarani, in a fit of rage, stormed off to her parents’ house in Vellalore in the outskirts of the city, leaving the girls to their father’s care.

On Friday morning, Selvarani returned to her house only to see her daughters lying lifeless inside the house. Shocked to see their bodies, she immediately alerted the police who rushed to the spot and conducted a preliminary inquiry with her and the neighbours.

Speaking to TNM, a police officer from the Singanallur police station said that Padmanabhan was in an inebriated state on Thursday night when fight broke out between him and his wife. “Last night, when Selvarani decided to go and sleep at her parents’ house in Vellalore, she had asked the daughters to go with her. But the kids refused and stayed back with their father. Based on our investigation till now, we think that the girls died due to suffocation,” he said.

Padmanabhan, who works in a private company in Coimbatore, is still at large and the police are on the lookout for him. The police booked him under section 302 (Murder) of the IPC. Meanwhile, the bodies have been sent for post-mortem to the Coimbatore Government Hospital and the autopsy is in progress.