Chennai: In yet another incident of a house owner-tenant standoff turning violent, a man stabbed the wife of his landlord to death at Radhakrishna Nagar, Choolaimedu, on Saturday.
Police who identified the deceased as S Sukanya, 28, said her husband Satish C and his father Chandramohan were also injured in the incident. The accused, Narayanan, was arrested before a court sent him to jail.
Police said Sathish, 35, and his father Chandra Mohan, 69, had let out the second floor portion of their house to Narayanan for Rs 3,000 a month. For the past eight months, however, Narayanan had neither paid the rent nor returned the Rs 80,000 he had borrowed from the owners, an officer said, quoting from a statement by the family.
At 9.15pm on Saturday, Chandra Mohan went to ask for the rent when an argument ensued and Narayanan stabbed him. His family members came running from the ground floor. Narayanan also stabbed Sathish and when Sukanya rushed to his help, she was attacked too. A few neighbours rescue tried to nab Narayanan, but he escaped. They rushed Sukanya to the Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital where the mother of two died the same night.
Police who managed to catch hold of Narayanan around 11pm, said his wife had earlier gone into hiding after borrowing lakhs of rupees money from people in the neighbourhood.
A couple of days ago, a 19-year-old college student was pushed to death by tenants in Arumbakkam. In July, Kundrathur, a man hacked his landlord death after he demanded four months rent that was due.

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