Despite the city police force being on their toes ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Modi’s visit, country bombs were hurled in a group clash in front of the Casino theatre near the arterial Anna Salai in broad daylight on Thursday.
A group of men, who came in the opposite direction, despite the Blackers Road being a one-way, intercepted Malarvizhi’s auto in front of the Casino theatre. The gang then started attacking them with weapons. Malarvizhi sustained injuries on her hand and head in the attack. Her son, Azhaguraja, who also sustained injuries, suddenly threw a country bomb from his bag at the attackers in retaliation. Passers-by and motorists were shocked hearing the noise of the explosion and ran in different directions. The attackers also fled the spot, however, traffic police on Anna Salai managed to secure two of them.
Following information, the Chintadripet police team rushed to the spot and arrested the duo. Meanwhile, Malarvizhi and others were rushed to the hospital. Malarvizhi has been admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital with head injuries, said a police source. An unused country bomb was also seized from the autorickshaw in which Malarvizhi was travelling with her son and others. A bomb squad also visited the spot and collected samples for a forensic examination. Azhaguraja will be arrested after treatment, said the police.
While police did not reveal the identity of the arrested duo, police suspect that Malarvizhi and her men could have been attacked for revenge in connection with the murder of a Congress functionary Abbaz in Royapettah a year ago. Police sources said that there was an ongoing rivalry after ‘Thottam’ Sekar was murdered by his then arch-rival Veeramani nearly a decade ago and suspect that the attack could be a fallout of the enmity. Egmore Assistant Commissioner Subramani was investigating the incident.