CHENNAI: A day after RTI activist J Parasmal was murdered in broad daylight in Periamet, half a km from the City Police Commisionerate, police have picked up four persons for inquiry.
The police have also secured the CCTV footage from the scene of the crime in Baker’s Street. So far, the cops have not got any lead to nab the assailants.
The RTI activist, Parasmal, of Kilpauk had left home on his two-wheeler at around 10 am to meet his advocate at Narayana Moorthy Street in Sowcarpet. As he reached Baker’s Street an unidentified gang, in two motor bikes and an auto-rickshaw,attacked him with sickles killing him on the spot at around 10.30 am.
According to his family members and close associates, the victim had escaped several attempts on his life but never filed a police complaint. They said the enemies he had earned through RTI activism were behind the gruesome murder.
Speaking to Express, a close associate said, Parasmal had escaped four attempts on his life since 2013.
In December 2013, an attempt was made and in 2014 there were two more attempts. Even last week, a gang tried to accost him near Choolaimedu. But he never filed a complaint with the police.
"Parasmal was living on the rent from the buildings he owns and not a financier as reported in a few newspapers," the associate said.