Man confesses to killing father, 7 others

Tiruchirappalli, Oct 1: A 35-year-old man, who has recently been arrested here for allegedly murdering his friend, has confessed to having murdered a total of eight persons, including his 75-year-old father and an AIADMK panchayat councillor, over a two-year period, police said today.

Police said Sappani was arrested on the charge of murdering his friend Thangadurai, who had gone missing on September 7, for money.

When he was being interrogated, he confessed that he murdered seven others for money and jewellery, and buried their bodies, police said.

Thangadurai's body was found in a canal near Krishnasamuthiram in this district. Investigation revealed Sappani was responsible for the murder, police said.

During the interrogation, Sappani told police he murdered his father for reprimanding him for committing crimes, they said, adding he confessed to also having murdered Kokila (70), Arputhasamy (70), Vijayvictor (27), Sathiyanathan (45), P Periasamy (65) and AIADMK Councillor Kumresan (50) over a two-year period.

Police said he had lured some of his victims, promising to get them some treasure in remote areas and had murdered them. He had also robbed them of their money and jewellery, they said.

He was arrested on Thursday and has been remanded in judicial custody.

Police said they had already exhumed two bodies to identify them through DNA test.

The process to exhume the other bodies, buried at different places, is on, police said.