Urapakkam Panchayat president and AIADMK secretary for Chengalpet unit K Perumal, 62, was chased and hacked to death by a five-member gang near Guduvanchery on Tuesday. Police suspect rivalry over real estate business to be the motive behind the murder.
At around 2 pm, Perumal, along with two other AIADMK functionaries, was going in a SUV to his farmhouse. They stopped at Vallanchery near Guduvancherry and were having food when the gang wielding sickles suddenly targeted Perumal.
The driver Ashok and another friend Palani, who intervened, were also attacked and inflicted serious cut injuries. Venkata Krishnan, who was accompanying Perumal, managed to escape and informed the police about the incident. Police rushed to the spot but by then Perumal had died. They shifted the body to Chengelpet GH for a postmortem. Ashok and Palani were taken to a private hospital for treatment.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the gang consisted of men in their early twenties.
Following the murder of Perumal, several shops were closed at Guduvanchery and nearby villages. Heavy police bandobast was deployed to prevent any further untoward incident. The Kanch-
ipuram district police have formed a special team to investigate the murder.
5 Cops Suspended
Five policemen have been placed under suspension following death of a suspect in their custody on Monday.
Two sub-inspectors attached to the Ashok Nagar police station Ramesh and Raja and police constables Kaliappan, Rajasekar and Dharmeshwar have been placed under suspension while an enquiry by a magistrate on the death have begun.
Ashok of New Washermenpet was taken into police custody in connection with a theft case in Ashok Nagar at 3 am on Monday. The police admitted him at Chrompet GH where he died within a few minutes around 10.30 am. Beginning his enquiries, Tambaram judicial magistrate P V Sandilyan on Tuesday questioned the officers involved in the case.
The post-mortem of Ashok’s body was also video graphed.
Further action will be initiated based on the report submitted by the magistrate, police officers said.