A six-member armed gang murdered 34-year-old Akhil Nath, a resident of the same area. The murder was committed in full public view as people was Nath run to escape his assailants. But the gang chased him and hacked him using long knives.
The gang left the place only after ensuring that Nath was dead. Police said Nath, an advocate with the Ponneri court, was one of the accused in the murder of Sivarajan on January 7. Police suspect that Nath was murdered as revenge for Sivarajan’s murder. Police said Sivarajan’s brother-in-law Chandru and five others were suspected to be behind the murder of the advocate and police have launched a hunt for them.
Murders of rowdies and murders by hired killers continue to put the police in a tight spot. What worries them most was that these murders were executed during daytime and in full public view. When a criminal gang shows the courage to carry out such attacks in full public view, it shows the scant regard criminals have for the policing system, a police source said.
“These criminals know that none of the eye witnesses would volunteer to give statements against them. This attitude emboldens these criminals. Police also fail to ensure safety of such witnesses in these cases,” a senior police official said.
With the number of such murders going up, the city police still refuse to admit the emergence of hired killers in city limits. “We have come across murders executed by hired killers and many criminal gang wars. Definitely, this is not a good trend,” the official added.