The skeletal remains of five people allegedly murdered by a 35-year-old were exhumed by the police on Saturday from various locations in Koothaipaar, an interior village at Thiruverumbur in Trichy, The Times of India reported.
T Sappani is alleged to have gruesomely murdered eight people, including an AIADMK Councillor and a woman, over the course of seven years and buried their bodies, according to police investigation. The police are looking for two more bodies of his victims.
The police got to know of all the murders that he had committed when Sappani was arrested for killing his last victim Thangadurai (35) of Vengur.
On Friday, Sappani was sent to police custody for three days by a Trichy court.
The decomposed body of Sathiyanathan (50) of Koothaipaar, an electrician who had gone missing since February, was found in a canal at Krishnasamudram village.
The TOI report states, "The bund of a pond near Ayyanar temple in Sekkuparai, 2 kilometres away from the canal, was the next spot to excavate from where the body of AIADMK councilor Kumaresan, 41 of Uppiliyapuram was unearthed. After digging for about 30 minutes, the headless body of a man whose legs were also chopped off was found. Kumaresan's wife Rajalakshmi, 35 ascertained that it was indeed the body of her husband. The head was also found buried nearby."
The police team led by assistant superintendent of police C Kalaichel next unearthed the body of Sappani's father Thekkan (58), who had gone missing a year ago, from a mango farm in Ottankachi area.
The remains of Vijay Victor (27) was exhumed near Vadakku Vaasal whereas Gokila's (70) body was found near Sevanthikulam.
The bodies were exhumed in the presence of police, forensic experts, doctors and revenue officials.
The Hindu reported that the "Villagers said that Sappani, who worked as a farm hand, usually appeared to be a calm person. His mother Karuppayi (70) expressed disbelief that her son had committed so many murders."