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Wary builder hired goons to kill RTI activist in Chennai

Police claimed they had cracked the case by arresting a private builder, the main suspect, on Tuesday.

Published: 15th June 2016 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2016 08:41 AM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: Seven days after the RTI activist, J Parasmal was hacked to death on June 7 in broad day light at Baker’s Street, Periamet by a gang that came by two motorcycles and an autorickshaw, police claimed they had cracked the case by arresting a private builder, the main suspect, on Tuesday.

Police said the RTIs filed by Parasmal created many enemies including private builders who decided to liquidate him. Parasmal was hacked while on his way to meet his advocate in Sowcarpet.

The arrested have been identified as D Ramesh Kumar (54) of Sowcarpet, the main suspect who owns Modhi Builders at Narayana Mudaliyar Street. The six henchmen  were K Murali (38), of Guduvancherry, N Jayapal alias Mint Jayapal (33), Seven Wells, S Rajendran alias Mana (39), K Hamsa alias Ameer Hamsa (38) and P Ramu alias Jannakiraman (26), of Tondiarpet.

Police said Parasmal filed many RTI’s urging action against illegal construction in North Chennai. “One such victim D Ramesh Kumar was affected by Parasmal who filed an RTI in 2014 and the buildings of Ramesh Kumar were allegedly sealed,” police added. Ramesh Kumar decided to murder Parasmal and approached Sadasivam who in turn engaged eight henchmen.

With the help of CCTV footage from the crime scene police traced the auto rickshaw that was used by the henchmen. The driver H Mohammed Ali (33), of Washermanpet, was nabbed. Later the police also arrested Vinod and Appu alias Rahman, both residents of Muthialpet while, M Rajan alias Tamil Selvan (27), a resident of Kakathoppu surrendered the same day.

On Monday, S Sadasivam (56)  surrendered before the court, police said. Sadasivam was unemployed for over a year and had earlier survived by doing menial jobs.

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