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Updated: October 20, 2013 01:51 IST

Police yet to crack Chennai doctor's murder

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S.D. Subbiah is suspected to have been murdered because of a dispute with his relatives over a plot of land near Kanyakumari. Photo: M. Karunakaran
The Hindu S.D. Subbiah is suspected to have been murdered because of a dispute with his relatives over a plot of land near Kanyakumari. Photo: M. Karunakaran

A month after attack on neurosurgeon, assailants not yet identified, no leads obtained from suspects

More than a month after the brutal attack on city-based neurosurgeon S.D. Subbiah and his subsequent death, the police have still not managed to solve the case.

Dr. Subbiah was hacked by two assailants on September 14 in full public view in R.A. Puram, as he was leaving the private hospital where he was a consultant. Two nearby CCTV cameras captured the attack.

The 58-year-old neurosurgeon, who suffered more than 20 cut wounds, died early on September 23.

Police suspected two brothers, Basil and Boris, had engineered the attack that was carried out by two unknown men. Basil is an advocate at the Madras High Court while Boris works at an airline company.

The doctor’s relatives, who were trying to grab the doctor’s 2.4-acre plot of land in Anjugrammam near Kanyakumari, and had been thwarted in their attempts, had ordered the hit, police said.

After the doctor died, the brothers surrendered in court and were taken into police custody. However, to date the investigators haven’t been able to conclusively link them to the murder.

“The police have had the brothers in custody for seven days, but have not been able to get information from them about the actual killers. All we know is that the brothers purchased individual SIM cards two days before the murder, and we suspect, used them to commute with the assailants,” said an officer.

Even though the killers were caught on camera, they have not yet been identified. The CCTV footage has been sent for a facial identification analysis, and the results are awaited.

Some of Basil’s friends are absconding, raising suspicions that they could have been the assailants, , the officer said

The investigation had earlier run into trouble, when sub-inspector Sankaranarayanan, part of the investigating team, was assaulted by advocates on the Madras High Court premises after he allegedly attempted to apprehend the assailants who happened to be there.

He was diverted by Basil and then beaten up, and the assailants escaped, a source said.

“A.A. Mohan, the doctor’s brother-in-law, said the assailants were seen on a blue Pulsar with Basil just before the attack on the sub-inspector. But attempts to track down the vehicle have not been successful,” said the officer.

The case has left most police personnel, especially those in the lower ranks, dissatisfied, especially since the injured sub-inspector has been remanded to custody after the advocates filed a complaint against him.

However, an investigating officer said one key suspect has been caught and the case is expected to be cracked soon.

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This clearly shows it is gain for murder why cctv footqage is there why
they are takng so much time to solve the culprit It is very bad for
taken so much time

from:  srinivas.s
Posted on: Oct 20, 2013 at 10:40 IST

What a tragedy ! The brothers who surrendered should be able to help in
the case - must tell them they will face life sentence or get hanged etc
to ensure they come out; pity even police officer attacked with lawyers'
complaint - how can you then get sincere folks into protection group; ALL
facts have to be found by strong investigation and guilty punished very
severely ! Pray God help the Police to uncover the gang and help society!

from:  Naveen Nayak
Posted on: Oct 20, 2013 at 05:42 IST

I filed a complaint of land grab with the police. The DSP Vellore,
responded with the report stating that the other person, who's signature
was also forged in the sale deed as a counter party..that is how good it
is...and the District Registrar Registered another sale deed of that
person eight years later after the forged sale deed. They are still
investigating one year after after giving prima-facie evidence and
filing appeal to the Complaint Moving Cell...Good luck!

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Oct 20, 2013 at 04:06 IST
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