Alcohol deaths in Thanjavur | Police suspect ‘insider’ role

A TASMAC shop in Thanjavur. File photo for representation. Photo credit: The Hindu

Police probing the Thanjavur double liquor deaths suspect the role of an “insider” in the incident, police sources said on Wednesday.

While the source of the cyanide that killed the cab driver Vivek and daily wage laborer Kuppusamy are yet to be established, with investigators suspecting a crime of passion, and by extension, the role of the goldsmith or anyone involved in jewelery making having access to the cyanide. Police is also probing the possibility of professional enmity.

Though the motive is yet to be ascertained, the police suspect that cyanide was mixed in the liquor before it was consumed by Vivek and then by Kuppusamy, who actually drank the rest of the liquor.

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“The poisoning would not have been possible without the connivance of an insider, perhaps a worker at the bar. Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) network at Tasmac outlet is under repair. We are tracing some leads and are in the process of questioning some witnesses. We hope to make a breakthrough soon,” a senior police officer told The Hindu.

Director General of Police C. Sylendra Babu reviewed the progress in the case with senior officers monitoring it.

“Though we have some leads, it is too early to conclude on the motive. As of now, an insider role appears to be a clear possibility,” said the official who did not wish to be quoted.

Police sources said that as part of the probe, police are analyzing the call details of Vivek and others who were present at the licensed bar at the time of the incident.