CHENNAI: The police on Friday arrested the key conspirator in the murder of city-based Hindu Munnani leader K P Suresh Kumar. Kaja Muhaideen, member of a well known radical Muslim outfit, was nabbed in Cuddalore. He was part of a three-member team that hacked Suresh Kumar to death on June 18.
His accomplices, Nazir Jalaludeen (33) of Periyar Street, Padi, Chennai and Qutbuddin (24), a commerce graduate and resident of Porto Nova, Cuddalore, are already under arrest.
The police are on the look out for three others, including one Abu, who had done a recce for the killers.
Muhaideen is also wanted in an attempt to murder case reported in 2004. Muhaideen, Jalaludeen and Qutbuddin had made three attempts to murder Suresh Kumar - in December, April and on June 16 - before killing him on June 18. They dropped the first attempt because there were too many people present in the Suresh Kumar’s shop when they visited it. The second attempt failed since Suresh Kumar was away.
He was in Kanyakumari at that point in time, canvassing votes for BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Pon Radhakrishnan. The third attempt too had to be abandoned as there were many customers around the time Suresh Kumar was closing his shop, the police said.
The ownership of the Bajaj Platina bike the three assailants used was tracked down to one Satheeshkumar who sold it to Qutbuddin through OLX website.
Qutbuddin had stayed in a house at Ambattur in May, where he hatched the plot along with Jalaludeen to murder Suresh Kumar.
The primary motive to murder him was the alleged hate speech he delivered at Avadi at a public meeting on December 12 last and another one after 6 months. Suresh Kumar, Rajasekaran and Parameshwaran had been held for the hate speech and were out on bail.
The grudge: Suresh Kumar was against selling land that once belonged to the Mannurpet Perumal Koil, to non-Hindus, police said.