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Updated: June 5, 2013 15:34 IST

Dilson murder case: Retired Army officer arrested

Petlee Peter
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Tamil Nadu CB-CID arrested a retired Army officer who confessed to the shooting of 13-year-old boy Dilson last week. File photo of investigators at the crime scene.
The Hindu Tamil Nadu CB-CID arrested a retired Army officer who confessed to the shooting of 13-year-old boy Dilson last week. File photo of investigators at the crime scene.

The CB-CID investigation into the killing of the 13 year old boy inside an army residential complex in Chennai on July 3 was cracked in exactly a week's time.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ramaraj, 58, who shot the boy was arrested. According to CB-CID sources Mr. Ramaraj, who was a resident of the army quarters on Flagstaff House Road had fired the shot from his personal rifle for which he had applied for a renewal of the license in 2008, which he is yet to receive.

Investigations reveal that ex-armyman had shot the boy Dilson, who succumbed to his injuries later that day. Mr. Ramaraj dumped the murder weapon in the Cooum river the same night of the incident. Mr. Ramaraj was at his balcony of his house when he shot at Dilson.

Investigating officers have recovered the rifle with the help of the fire service personnel. Mr. Ramaraj was produced in Georgetown court. Mr. Ramaraj had repeatedly warned Dilson and his friends who entered the courtyard to pick Badam fruit on several occasions. He fired the shot from his residence.

In a press meet at the CB-CID office in Guindy on Sunday, Additional DGP R Sekar termed the case as very challenging one. He said the forensic experts and other professionals were used in the investigation and they collected all the evidence to pin down the accused.

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