MADURAI: The daughter of former DMK minister and present MLA from Athoor I Periyasamy, D Indira, was arrested along with her two relatives in connection with the alleged murder of a Madurai-based realtor, here on Tuesday.
Jamal Mohammed (59), a resident of Madurai, was allegedly kidnapped by a gang led by J Sithik on August 31. Jamal was murdered on September 2 near Kodaikanal after a 1.6-acre tract on New Jail Road, belonging to K M Alavudeen Ravuthar Private Trust and managed by him, was forcefully transferred to one G Ganesan. Both Sithik and Ganesan have since been arrested.
Police said that Indira and her relatives were arrested based on the confessions of Sithik and Ganesan. The duo had claimed that parts of the land were registered in the names of D Indira and two of her relatives at the Sub Registrar Office in Arasaradi on September 1.
The land registration deeds, copies of which are available with Express, clearly state that 10 cents were sold to Sri Alamelu Ammal Mills India Private Limited, run by Indira. Another 10 cents were sold through two separate deeds to N Palanivelu and his wife P Umarani, close relatives of Indira. The power of attorney for the remaining 1.4 acre was allegedly transferred to Ganesan from Jamal under duress.
An advocate, Mahendra Varman, who allegedly engaged Sithik and orchestrated the kidnap, is still at large. Police said that he was constantly on the move and his mobile network was last traced to MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday morning.
In his confession statement, a copy of which is available with Express, Ganesan claimed that he along with his family had been maintaining the 1.6 acres of the trust for several decades. After his attempts to transfer the property to his name through various means failed, Ganesan sought the help of Mahendra Varman.
Sources said that Mahendra Varman appeared to have brought in I Periyasamy’s relatives for a share in this prime property. Interestingly, the deed states the portion transferred to Periyasamy’s relatives is right in the middle of the property with no approach path.
The deed reveals that the 20 cents were sold at half the price of the government estimated market value. According to the deed, the buyers allegedly paid the total amount of `70 lakh in advance to Jamal, thereby not having to pay him anything more. There were dramatic scenes when the accused were brought to the court.