PMK leader murder accused murdered

Madurai: A ten-member gang today allegedly hacked to death one of the accused in the murder of a PMK leader and seriously injured three other accused persons, police said.

Ambedkar, an accused in the July 26 murder of PMK state vice president Ilanchezhian, died following the attack which took place at Villapuram near here in broad daylight, police said. The four accused, including Ambedkar, were returning to their homes after signing in the S S Colony police station as part of the bail condition when they were attacked with deadly weapons by the gang, police said.

While Ambedkar died on the spot, the three other accused Arumugam, Karuppsamy and Mahagani suffered serious injuries. The gang members, who police said included a relative of the slain Ilanchezhian, are absconding and efforts are on to nab them.

Ilanchezhian, 46, was returning after dropping his children at a school when the incident happened earlier this year. More than 10 people, following Ilanchezian in a car, knocked him down from his two-wheeler and hacked him to death before fleeing the spot, police said.