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Jayalalithaa estate accountant found hanging, 4th mystery incident

The picturesque Kodanadu property was the former chief minister’s summer office whenever she was in power.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2017 00:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Udhagamandalam (Tamil Nadu)
Jayalalithaa,Tamil Nadu,Chennai
J Jayalalithaa passed away in December 2016 from ill-health after being the hospital for 75 days. Barely a month later, close aide O Panneerselvam, who took over as chief minister, claimed her death was a result of foul play. (AFP Photo)

In yet another death of a person connected with late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s Kodanadu estate, one of its accountants was found hanging in his house on Monday, police said.

Twenty-eight-year-old Dinesh Kumar was found hanging from the ceiling at his house in Kothagiri under mysterious circumstances, they said.

Police confirmed the incident and suspect it to be a case of suicide, on the basis of preliminary investigations.

Ooty SP Murali Rambha told Hindustan Times that Dinesh Kumar had not gone to office in Kodanad estate since the past fortnight due to medical reasons.

The body of the computer operator, who used a saree to hang himself, was found by his mother and sister. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.

The death comes more than two months after one of the security guards at the estate bungalow near Udhagamandalam was murdered by a gang on April 24 and a suspect died later in road mishap. Another suspect in the breakin-cum-murder was seriously injured in a road accident, that left his wife and daughter dead.

However, Rambha said the alleged suicide is an isolated case and cannot be seen in connection with previous incidents.

The body of Kumar, one of the three accountants attached to the estate which used to be Jayalalithaa’s retreat, was taken to Kothagiri Government hospital, where a postmortem will be carried out on Tuesday, police said.

Family sources said Kumar and some of the other staff in the estate were two days ago reportedly discussing the fate of their jobs with the likely change in management of the sprawling estate.

Police said they were also investigating whether there was any family dispute behind the death of Kumar.

The Kodanadu estate figures in the disproportionate assets case involving jailed AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala and late Jayalalithaa, among others.

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First Published: Jul 03, 2017 20:59 IST