Chennai Police said on Sunday they have solved the murder of aspiring actress Sasirekha whose decapitated body was found near the city about a month ago, after arresting her husband and his alleged lover.
Police said Sasirekha’s 34-year-old husband Ramesh Shankar was a struggling businessman who regularly duped aspiring artists by promising acting roles, cheating them to the tune of several lakhs.
Shankar has told the police that he assaulted and strangled her, severed her head and dumped it in a canal in suburban Kundrathur and wrapped the body in a bed spread and abandoned it opposite an IT Park in Ramapuram.
It was with an Aadhar card and the previous complaint against Ramesh that police obtained evidence against him and arrested him and his alleged lover.
Sasirekha used to live in Chennai’s Madipakkam suburb with her parents, two sisters and an eight-year-old son from a previous marriage.
She met Shankar – whose parents and previous wife committed suicide in 2011 due to financial troubles -- during the shoot of a film that is yet to be released.
Police also alleged Shankar would promptly take photographs of his clients under the guise of getting them film offers, and later misuse the photos.
In August 2015, Sasirekha and Shankar registered their marriage and began living in Madipakkam.
But in a few months, Shankar walked out of the marriage and started living at Valasaravakkam, where he met Lakhiya who had moved to the city to get a chance in tinsel town. Ramesh also acted as her guardian.
In November 2015, Sasirekha filed a complaint with the Madipakkam Police, alleging Shankar was getting married for the seventh time and had cheated other women in Coimbatore, Bengaluru and Chennai. She also claimed that he had kidnapped her son.
After counselling, the couple moved to Madanandapuram near Kundrathur but Shankar continued his relationship with Lakhiya which disturbed Sasirekha who often confronted them.