Mahalingam, alias Maha (30), wanted in five murder cases, surrendered on Tuesday before the Arakkonam Court. The court has remanded him to 15 days judicial custody and directed the police to lodge him in the Vellore Central Prison for Men. Mahalingam, a notorious gangster, surrendered in connection with the murder of one of his associates, Bharath (30) of Saidapet. Incidentally Bharath was involved in three murders at Old Katpadi on June 6. Maha along with Kuppan and Ramu hacked Bharath to death following an argument. While the police arrested Ramu the next day, the other two were on the loose. According to the police, Maha was involved in five murder cases, including the murder of the PRO of CMC hospital, John Segar, two years ago. The Katpadi police is still searching for his associate, Kuppan.
Katpadi police had earlier launched a dragnet for the duo. In the meantime, a case was registered against his parents for threatening a 34-year-old man last week.