CHENNAI: The CBI has announced a reward of `25,000 for any information that would lead to the arrest of two accused who were involved in the Madurai Dinakaran newspaper office attack case in May 2007.
The arrest of the duo - M Thayamuthu and Murugan alias Kattuvasi Murugan - is crucial for CBI to reopen the case in which a lower court has acquitted 17 people, including a DSP. The CBI, which had filed a criminal appeal before Madras HC against the lower court judgement, had to present 12 accused in the case before the Madurai Bench of Madras High Court to open up the appeal.
A CBI official told Express that they had arrested 10 persons and are searching for the two. As the two are absconding, the CBI is seeking the help of public to arrest the accused against whom non-bailable warrants were issued by the court.
On Thursday, it announced a reward of `25,000 for any person providing information leading to the arrest of the two. A statement from the CBI said that the information should be provided to G Kalaimani, Additional Superintendent of Police, special crimes branch, CBI, Chennai (Mobile: 9444650160, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
The CBI had released their photographs and addresses and promised informers that their identities would be protected.The case pertains to attack on the Dinakaran office in Madurai where two employees and a security guard were burnt to death when supporters of M K Alagiri hurled petrol bombs at the office on May 9, 2007.