Tamil writer arrested for killing son dies

By NT Bureau Published on Jun 11, 2018 01:33 PM IST

Madurai / Chennai: Popular Tamil writer Sowba aka Soundarapandian, who was arrested recently for murdering his son, died at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai today. He was 55 and is survived by his wife.

It was during the first week of May that he was arrested for murdering his son 27-year-old Vipin, an alleged drug addict, for posing a constant trouble to the family. He was lodged in Madurai central jail.

A few days ago, the author of 'Seevalaperi Pandi' suffered health issues and was shifted to the GRH’s prison ward.

On Saturday, as his health condition worsened, he was moved to the ICU of the hospital. Sources said that he fell unconscious on Sunday and breathed his last during the wee hours of today.

The writer's crime and his death are a shock to many as he was well known in literary and media circles.

The case unfolded after Sowba’s estranged wife Latha lodged a missing person complaint after she had failed to contact her son.

She had called up her estranged husband to ask about Vipin, who took turns to stay with both parents. Sowba replied that he had admitted Vipin to a rehabilitation centre, but when she pressed him for details, he refused. This forced her to file a police complaint.

According to Police, when they questioned Sowba, he told them that his son was a drug-addict and picked fights with him. During one such fight, Sowba beat Vipin with an iron rod, leading to his immediate death. Sowba then took the body to his farmhouse in Dindigul and cremated it.