Definite clues to French national's murder: police
A day after the brutal murder of French national Andre Voizat, who had settled down near the international township of Auroville in Puducherry almost four decades ago, police on Thursday said that they had "definite clues" and would solve the murder soon.
"We have definite clues and will crack the murder mystery within a day or two. The gruesome crime in itself is a vital clue that has provided definite leads towards solving the crime," superintendent of police A Amalraj told IANS.
The police official did not comment on reports of the detention of 10 people who were suspected to have trespassed into the sprawling farm despite the security.
Voizat, 66, was found hacked to death on Wednesday by neighbours inside his 13-acre farm 'Turiya', located close to the Puducherry-Tamil Nadu border and near the international settlement of Auroville. He had deep wounds on the neck and head inflicted by sharp weapons, police said.
The assailants had smashed the closed-circuit television cameras. Chilli powder was found sprinkled on the face of the French man and his pet canine too had been attacked, police sources said.
Voizat, an industrialist, was known as a helpful person among the people. He would occasionally give mathematics lessons to poor students and others. He had settled down here since 1971 attracted by the teachings of freedom fighter, philosopher and Hindu guru, Aurobindo.
His Indian born ex-wife Chandrika Krishnan and a daughter live in nearby Puducherry since their separation four years ago. The couple has filed for divorce.
The murder of the genial French national has left international residents of Auroville and locals alike shocked. Auroville is situated some 200 km south of Tamil Nadu capital Chennai.