COIMBATORE: The Nilgiris District Police on Saturday said they had cracked Om Bahadur murder case.
Claiming that Bahadur died of suffocation after being gagged by men who wanted to rob Kodanad Estate, the police said the 11-member-gang was led by C Kanagaraj, who had served as a driver of the late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa from 2008 to 2013.
On Saturday, the Nilgiris police took four persons — P Santhosh Sami (39), D Deepu (32), S Satheesan (42) and P Udhayakumar (47), all hailing from Thrissur in Kerala — into custody. After detailed questioning, all the four were arrested. Another five men are yet to be arrested in the case.
The gang managed to take away only five watches and a crystal showpiece from the bungalow. The crystal item was only however recovered, As the arrested men said the watches had been thrown into a river in Kerala. “The gang used three cars to reach the estate and gained entry after assaulting the guards,” said SP Murali Rambha.