Taking serious note of the murder of BJP state general secretary V. Ramesh, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said a special investigation division would be formed to probe the murder.

In a statement here, Ms. Jayalalithaa said she has asked the Director General of Police to form a Special Investigation Division (SID) to speedily probe the murder of Ramesh, an auditor by profession. The SID would also take over the ongoing investigation of the murder of Vellaiyappan, State Secretary of the Hindu Munnani, on July 1 at Vellore.

The SID will function under the overall control of the DGP (Crime Branch-CID), who will be provided with all the resources and manpower necessary to take up and complete the investigation at the earliest and bring the culprits to book.

The Chief Minister expressed shock over the brutal killing of Ramesh and said “violence and violent crimes, irrespective of whether they are politically motivated or otherwise, have no place in a civilized society and should be rooted out by stern and strong measures.”

She said her government accorded the topmost priority to the maintenance of law and order.

“The Tamil Nadu Police is known for its professionalism and efficiency. In the light of the clear and firm directions given by me to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to book at the earliest, I am confident that the guilty will be apprehended soon and dealt with as per law,” she said.

Ms Jayalalithaa said the government would not allow anti-social elements or forces to vitiate the atmosphere in the state and resort to violence and murder, either for personal or political gain, or to foment communal violence or extremism in any form. “The Tamil Nadu Police has a Special Investigation Team which handles cases of fundamentalist violence. A recent significant achievement of this team was the arrest of an accused wanted in the pipe bomb case in Thirumangalam of 2011, in which the target was the BJP leader L. K. Advani,” she said.

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