Eight eyewitnesses, including a woman, identified Panna Ismail as one of the killers of Dr Aravinth Reddy, then the BJP Medical Wing State secretary, during a test identification parade (TIP) at the Vellore Central Prison for Men on Wednesday.
The parade was held between 2.30 pm and 5.40 pm in the presence of the Judicial Magistrate-I A Mummoorthy.
‘Panna’ Ismail, among a group of around 10 other convicts, was made to appear before each eyewitness.
All the eight witnesses reportedly identified him as one the murderers of Dr Reddy, who was hacked to death in front of his clinic at Kosapet on October 23, 2012.
“The Magistrate was recording the statement of the eyewitnesses after the parade ended at 5.40 pm,” said a source in the prison.
Ismail’s associates - ‘Police’ Fakruddin and Bilal Malik - were also identified as the murderers of Dr Reddy during the identification parade held on January 6.
During another identification parade held on October 25 last year, the trio were identified as the killers of Hindu Munnani State secretary S Vellaiyappan. The eyewitnesses of that case had identified Malik and Fakruddin as the murderers of Vellaiyappan. They had also identified Ismail during a separate identificaton parade. The trio had followed Vellaiyappan on a motorbike and hacked him to death on July 1, 2013 near Muthumandapam in Vellore.