Police arrest VJ Chithra Hemnath’s husband in connection with the actor’s death

Chithra was found dead in his hotel room on Wednesday.

Days after Chithra, a video jockey (VJ) and an actor were found dead in a hotel room near Chennai, Nazrathpettai police arrested her husband, Hemnath, on Monday. Chithra was found dead, presumably from suicide, in a hotel room near Poonamallee in the wee hours of December 9th.

According to a report, Hemnath was arrested for alleged incitement to Chithra’s suicide. Chithra is said to have stayed at the hotel with Hemnath at the time of his death. The couple got married a few months ago and planned a traditional wedding with guests in January 2021. Police interrogated Hemnath almost six days before arrest. Hemnath was then returned to judicial custody.

Chithra was a popular VJ and was known for her role as Mullai in the Tamil daily soap Pandian Shops, TV show at star Vijay Star. She was 29 years old at the time of her death. The actor entered his room in the Wednesday hours, after returning from shooting. Around 3.30am, the police station received a phone call from the hotel informing of the death. Police rushed to the scene and sent the body to an autopsy and at the same time began the investigation into the case.

Several actors and celebrities expressed their shock at Chithra’s passing with many of them realizing that Chithra was a brave woman and unlikely that she herself would take the drastic step. While police concluded the death was by suicide, Chithra’s family and friends claimed treason in her death. Police questioned Hemnath, Chithra’s family and friends in connection with the case.

The Regional Division Officer (RDO) began the investigation into the case on Monday. An RDO investigation is conducted when a woman who has been married for seven years or less dies in a suspicious manner.