VELLORE: The Vellore district police have secured six persons, including two prime accused, in connection with the highway waylaying-cum-murder case of a 55 year-old truck driver. He was gunned down by the prime accused Raja and Vinod Kumar, who drove away the vehicle with the goods. Sources in the police department said a special team was constituted to nab the accused.
Raja (26) of Choolaimedu in Chennai, was arrested in Dindugal district by the special team and brought to Vellore during the early hours of Wednesday. The police team had already arrested Raja’s associate S Vinod Kumar (26) of Veppur near Arcot. They were taken to an undisclosed place for interrogation.
The investigation team had seized a 9 mm pistol, two magazines and five live rounds of bullets from him. The police also detained four others, who had assisted the duo, in unloading and shifting the goods, weighing a total of 5.45 tonnes of spare parts of a private company in Poonamallee, to a mini-van, to sell it in the black market. They sold the material for `1.35 lakh to a merchant in Vellore but received only `95,000 in cash.
Murugesan, used to transport materials from different places in his vehicle.
On that ill fated night of May 16, Murugesan was transporting the materials to Kottayam in Kerala and he had stopped the vehicle along the NH-4, seven km from the Walajapet toll plaza, to take a nap .
The duo had shot him on his head and driven away the vehicle with the victim’s body in it.
The police team is interrogating the secured persons for information on whether they had indulged in similar kind of crimes in other parts of the State or in neighbouring States.
They are also probing the source of the pistol and their entire network, if any, involved in supplying weapons.