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Wife of former union minister PR Kumaramangalam found murdered

The wife of PR Kumaramangalam has been a lawyer in the Supreme Court; Kitty's husband was a minister in Narasimha Rao and AB Vajpayee cabinets

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Kitty Kumaramangalam, the wife of late former Union Minister P Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, was found murdered at her residence in southwest Delhi’s Vasant Vihar on 7 July. In the initial probe, the police said they suspect attempted robbery behind the motive of the killing. 

The police have apprehended Raju, a 24-year-old laundryman of the area, in connection with the murder. Meanwhile, search is on for two other accused, DCP South-West was quoted as saying by ANI. 

The washerman had entered Kitty’s house around 9 PM on 6 July night, and when the domestic worker opened the door, he overpowered her, dragged her to a room and restrained her, the police said. 

In the meantime, two other people entered the house and smothered  67-year-old Kitty Kumaramangalam with a pillow. 

The maid later untied herself and raised an alarm, the police said. Further, they found opened briefcases at the scene of the crime which suggests an attempted robbery.

The police stated that it was a friendly entry to the house as the washerman was working for the family for the past five years. He further informed that the domestic help somehow untied herself and raised an alarm.

“We received the call at around 11.00 PM. After which teams were formed. Some briefcases were found open at the scene of the crime. Police have picked up washerman Raju (24) from his residence in Bhanwar Singh Camp in Vasant Vihar. He has disclosed two other names,” the DCP said.

He added that the hunt for the remaining two suspects is underway.

The wife of the Vajpayee-era minister has been a in the Supreme Court. Kitty Kumaramangalam’s husband P Rangarajan Kumaramangalam was a Member of Parliament from Salem from 1984 to 1996 and Tiruchirapalli from 1998 to 2000. He served as minister of state for law, justice and company affairs under from July 1991 to December 1993 and as the union minister for power in the AB Vajpayee Government from 1998 to 2000. He died on 23 August 2000 of an undisclosed illness at AIIMS, Delhi.

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