Enmity between two gangs led to the ghastly murder.

Within 48 hours, a special team nabbed eight persons on the charges of murdering a jail inmate near the second gate of the district jail during a surprise raid near an overbridge on Batlagundu Road, according Inspector Para Vasudevan.

Talking to press persons at the all women police station at Oddanchatram near here on Sunday, he said that enmity between two gangs led to the ghastly murder.

The arrested were P. Arun, foster son of Madras Pandi, a history sheeter and leader of a rowdy gang, who was killed in an encounter in Chennai, and his accomplices V. Stephen Raj (25), V. Nagaraj (27), V. Dinesh Kumar (28), K. Selvakumar (25), A. Vijay Kumar (27) R. Jayanthar (25) and S. Muniandi (30).

Cases were filed against them under sections 719 (2), 395 r/w 398 of Indian Penal Code and under sections 147, 148 and 302 of IPC and 25 (1) (d) and 27 of Arms Act.

After preliminary investigations, the police found that Jaffer, who was murdered on the district jail campus was with Karadi Mani gang and involved in the murder of Nagaraj, younger brother of Madras Pandi. (Rival rowdy gang leader Karadi Mani was also brutally murdered by a gang near the combined court complex in Dindigul a few years ago.)

Madras Pandi had determined to take revenge on those involved in his brother’s murder and told his foster son about it often. He strongly believed that Jaffer was behind his brother’s murder.

After Pandi’s death, his foster son wished to fulfil his father’s desire. Arun had planned to murder him when Jaffer was shifted to Dindigul jail. Arun brought a pistol with bullets from Chennai to murder him.

He had watched the movements of Jaffer meticulously and deputed his two accomplices – Stephen Raj and Nagaraj – to move with him closely and helped him in the jail.

Acting on information given by the duo, the eight-member gang waited in front of the jail and shot him on the chest and hacked him with lethal weapons. They attacked swiftly and left the place.

Post mortem report said that one bullet pierced the chest and went through his back. The bullet was not in the body, the inspector pointed out.

Four special squads had been formed to nab the accused. The team was led by DSP Suruli Raja.

Jaffar alias Jahir Hussain (32), district jail inmate and resident of R.V. Nagar murdered brutally on the jail campus in the presence of jail guards here on Friday.

He was released on bail in connection with a robbery case.

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