History-sheeter, involved in a murder in 2009, stabbed by four of his associates following argument; killers beheaded him before fleeing

A 27-year-old man was murdered by a group of four men on Saturday evening at his residence at Aakanchipuram in Ayanavaram.

The police said Vijay (also known as Vicky and Viji), was involved in a murder in 2009 as well as cases of extortion, kidnapping and kangaroo courts in the north neighbourhood of the city.

Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, when Vijay was in his house, four men who were his associates and also involved in the 2009 murder, came to his residence and had a drink with Vijay.  

Half-an-hour later they left the house but returned a few minutes later and told Vijay that a long-time mutual friend of theirs was waiting near Vijay’s house to meet him. They then suggested meeting him and having a drink together in a nearby Tasmac shop.

However, Vijay, having already consumed a large quantity of alcohol and in a drowsy state, refused to leave and went to bed. As the other men too were in an inebriated state, the refusal by Vijay to have a drink with them got them agitated and led to an argument. Suddenly, one of the men took out a sickle, which he had kept hidden and stabbed Vijay. The other men then joined in attacking Vijay and beheaded him.

Vijay’s wife Banu (25) and their two-year-old son who were in other rooms in the house rushed in on hearing Vijay’s cries. However, the four men had fled the scene on two bikes.

Banu raised an alarm and neighbours rushed Vijay to the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him ‘brought dead’ due to the loss of a large quantity of blood.

“We fell in love and got married a few years ago. I did not suspect them (the murderers) before opening the door because we (me and my deceased husband) knew them for a very long time,” said Banu.

The Otteri police was alerted and a special team led by deputy superintended of police in-charge (Pulianthope) S. Jayakumar, and assistant commissioner of police (Pulianthope), P. Loganathan, inspected the crime scene.

Vijay and the four men were released from the Puzhal prison a few months ago after they were arrested for the murder in 2009. Since then, Vijay was making a livelihood by driving an autorickshaw, while Banu worked as domestic help. Of the four men who murdered Vijay on Saturday, two were residents of Pulianthope and the police were on the lookout for them.

“We will apprehend all of them. A case of murder has been filed,” deputy commissioner of police Jayakumar said.

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