Tamil Nadu: 3 people in the name of country made Covid-19 cure pills, were poisoned to death

Police arrested two people, one of whom impersonated a Health Department worker, and visited the victims' home to give them the poison pills which he claimed would cure Covid-19.

Fig: Three members of Karuppanakounder’s family. (Image source: India Today) A shocking incident came to light today. Three members of a family died in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district after they were given poison in the guise of Covid-19 cure pills. Police have arrested two people in connection with the case. Investigations revealed R Kalyanasundaram, the primary culprit of Keezhvani village, was behind this. He borrowed Rs 15 lakh from Karuppanakounder of Karungoundanvalasu village a few months ago. Failing to repay the loan and facing pressure from the moneylender, Kalyanasundaram got rid of Karuppanakounder and his family. Kalyanasundaram sought the help of Sabari, who impersonated the role of a health worker, armed with the accouterments of a healthcare worker, including a temperature gun and pulse oximeter, visited Karuppanakounder’s house on June 26. He further inquired if any member of the family is suffering from a cold and cough, and handed over the poisonous pills on the pretext of boosting their health and immunity. Karuppanakounder, his wife Mallika, daughter Deepa and domestic help Kuppal took the pills and collapsed. Neighbors, on finding the four unconscious immediately rushed them to the hospital. As per the reports, Mallika died on the way to the hospital, while Deepa and Kuppal died the following day, i.e. Sunday and Karuppanakounder are in critical condition. Police arrested Kalyanasundaram and Sabari on Sunday night after finding discrepancies in their statements. They produced the duo before the Judicial Magistrate of Perundurai sub-court, who remanded them to 15 days of judicial custody.

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