CHENNAI: A 32-year-old VCK cadre was on Friday arrested in connection with the torching of a TASMAC shop here on Wednesday. With his arrest, the number of those taken in has gone up to four.
The arrested was identified as Karukka alias Vinod, (32), of SM Nagar in Teynampet.
It is to be recalled that on Wednesday evening, a miscreant walked upto the sales counter and set it on fire with the petrol he was carrying in a paint can. Palanivelu, (39), a salesman, sustained burns in his legs and chest, in the incident. Initially, the attack was believed to be a fall out of a land deal which had gone awry between the landlord, who had leased out the land for the bar attached to the liquor shop and the one who had hired it.
Meanwhile, Kannan, (24), also from SM Nagar was arrested on Wednesday. Based on inputs given by Kannan, Ramachandran, (28), of Teynampet, and Guna aka Gunanidhi, (20), of T Nagar, were arrested on Thursday. The arrest led to the gheraoing of Mambalam police station by the VCK cadre.
“Interrogation revealed that Ramachandran wanted to build his reputation using the on-going stir. He planned the attack on his own and the trio became a party to the crime as they kept mum about it,” said a senior police official.