It is learnt that the victim woke up and resisted the robbery. Two of the accused held the victim while the third dropped a boulder on his head and killed him
Special teams of the Coimbatore City Police on Wednesday arrested three persons marking a breakthrough in a case relating to the mysterious murder of a 45-year-old man who was found dead with a head injury in front of a shop near Dhandumariamman Temple on May 27.
The identity of the victim is yet to be known but the police have arrested the accused involved in the murder.
Special teams that were formed to resolve the mysterious murder perceived to be a psycho killing arrested Ramesh (29) of Gudalur, Abbas (26) of Selvapuram, and Mahesh (25) of Madurai, all working as contract workers for catering services. It is learnt that the accused used to turn up for work for two or three days in a week and then spend the money on drinks, drugs and women. The arrests came after the police kept track of persons moving around in suspicious circumstances at night.
When they run short of money, they used to rob people sleeping on the roadside. On May 26 night, they tried to pick Rs. 30 from the pocket of the victim who was sleeping in front of the shop.
It is learnt that the victim woke up and resisted the robbery. Two of the accused held the victim while the third dropped a boulder on his head and killed him. Later, they left the spot with Rs. 600 which was hidden in his undergarment.
The murder caused a big sensation as it was rumoured to be the handiwork of a psycho killer.
City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan congratulated the teams for having resolved a clueless murder case wherein the identity of the victim was not known yet.
It may be recalled that on May 22 this year, a 55-year-old man was found dead with head injury at a bus stop in Uppilipalayam in the same area.
However, within the next two days, M. Ravi of Erimedu in Puliakulam surrendered before the police and confessed that he had assaulted the victim as he refused to let the accused share a space in the bus stop to sleep that night. The accused came to know of the death of the victim only the next day, the police said.
On May 23 last year, Nagaraj (78), watchman in a commercial complex on Brooke Bond Road, was found dead with head injury. However, the murder case was solved after several months, when the police arrested a hair dresser Kannan (20), who reportedly killed the aged watchman for refusing to part with the food when the accused pleaded for it since it was late in the night.