CHENNAI:A cine director, Baskar (44), was among the four arrested by city police here on Thursday in connection with the mob justice to the reserve inspector S Sargunam on May 9 who was blamed for causing a teen’s death.
The arrest comes at a time when the videos of the mob thrashing the inspector and traffic constable Sivanandam went viral on various message sharing platforms and social networking sites.
Last Saturday, the two policemen tried to stop a two-wheeler on which Selvam and two others were riding triples on 80 Ft Road, Saligramam.
The policemen threw their canes at them and grabbed the shirt of Selvam. The youth fell off the vehicle and on the iron railing of the median and died on the spot.
Sources said that Baskar directed the Tamil movie Kaala Kattam which hit the screens earlier this year.
He used to be a dance master before he took up film direction.
Baskar was booked as the prime suspect along with Ashok Kumar (30), an autorickshaw driver and a realtor. Both Baskar and Ashok live off 80 Ft Road in Saligramam. Munusamy (49), of Velachery, and Malaisamy (26), of Maduravoyal, both casual labourers, were the other two arrested.
Sources said that the suspects were picked up with the help of video clips from witnesses who filmed the mob justice.
Police were trying to identify the other suspects who were involved in assaulting uniformed policemen on duty and for damaging a government vehicle.
All the four arrested men were being remanded to judicial custody.