Police arrested seven youth on Wednesday and were in search of two others in connection with the murder of an AIADMK councillor from Kondakuppam panchayat, Muthulingam.
Muthulingam, the 4th ward councillor and the AIADMK branch secretary of the panchayat, was hacked to death by nine persons at his Ceylon Colony house at about 9 pm on Monday.
The police, nabbed Dharmaraj (29) on Tuesday night. Based on the information provided by Dharmaraj about his associates, police arrested Padmanaban (27), Muthukumar (29), Sasikumar (25), Ramesh (29), Vinod kumar (25) and Ramachandran (23).
“The accused were trying to sneak into Chittoor district in AP to escape from the police arrest,” said M Nagarajan, investigation officer with Ranipet police.
“I received information that the accused were hiding near the new bridge at Melpadi, we immediately rushed to the spot and made the arrest,” he said.
“The arrested were produced before the Judicial Magistrate Court in Ranipet,” said Lavanya, the DSP Ranipet police.
“The court has remanded them under judicial custody, and currently they are kept in the Vellore Prison.”