The security guard G Jayaraman had been staying in a small hut on the premises of the Thanigai Meenakshi Amman temple on Arumuga Samy Koil Street for more than a decade, police said. He used to clean the temple premises daily. His body was found with a small injury to the forehead. "There were no other external injuries. We suspect he might have smothered to death. It has to be confirmed by the doctors at the government hospital in Tiruttani," a senior police officer said. The temple is located about 2 km from Tiruttani town.
Police said the burglars entered the temple after breaking the lock on the main door. Hearing the noise, Jayaraman might have woken up and questioned the burglars who finished him off and then broke into the sanctum sanctorum. The bureau and 'hundi', which contained offerings from the devotees, would have been dragged out of the main temple area and opened.
Tiruttani assistant superintendent of police S Vijayakumar and other senior officers visited the murder scene. Fingerprint experts lifted several sets of prints from the scene. A sniffer dog was pressed into service. Revenue divisional officer Kalaivani, tahsildar Valarmathi, revenue inspector Jayavel and village administrative officer Palani also visited the scene. Jayaraman's body was sent to the government hospital in Tiruttani for autopsy. A case of murder for gain was registered, based on the complaint of Pasupathy, a member of the trust that runs the temple. "Special teams have been formed to nab the accused," a police officer said.