Reeta Lankalingam, the 45-year-old joint managing director of Lanson Toyota company, was found dead at her residence in Chennai, yesterday.
Lanson Group, a $100 million business conglomerate, is a popular Toyota dealership in Tamil Nadu with showrooms and service centres across the State, and Reeta’s husband Lankalingam Murugesu is the chairman of the company.
According to police, Reeta was stayed at a luxury hotel in the city on Wednesday night and returned home, located on Kothari Road in Nungambakkam, in the wee hours of Thursday.
“There are three maids in the house. As Reeta did not come out for breakfast on Thursday morning, and did not respond to the knocks on her bedroom door, the maids informed supervisor Yesupatham,” said Teynampet assistant commissioner V Muthuvel Pandi.
Yesupatham broke the bedroom door and found Reeta hanging from the ceiling. The police were informed and the body was sent to the GH for postmortem. Police say there was no suicide not in the room.
A preliminary probe suggests there was ongoing tension in the company about the slowdown in the automobile sector. The couple also allegedly had ‘arguments’ overselling the company shares. Police suspect these could have been a reason for the suicide.
Reeta’s husband was out of town on Wednesday. He returned on Thursday, hearing the news of his wife’s death. They have a daughter and a son who live elsewhere.