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The police inspecting the vehicle of Kumar, Oorapakkam panchayat president, who was murdered at Oorapakkam on Saturday.
The police inspecting the vehicle of Kumar, Oorapakkam panchayat president, who was murdered at Oorapakkam on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

KANCHEEPURAM: Oorapakkam Village Panchayat president G.N.R. Kumar (47) was hacked to death by a gang on the Grand Southern Trunk Road at Oorapakkam on Saturday.

According to the police, around 7.50 a.m. he was chatting with his friend N.S. Dillibabu, a former president of the Karanaipuducheri village panchayat, in a car near the Karanaipuducheri-GST Road junction in the southern suburbs of Chennai when seven people who came in a car hurled country-made bombs at the vehicle.

Kumar jumped out and tried to flee. The lungi-clad assailants chased and attacked him with lethal weapons. Kumar succumbed to deep cuts on his head.

Mr. Dillibabu, who sustained injuries on his hands, was in a state of shock. He was rushed to a nearby hospital. When Kumar’s driver, Babu of Karanaipuducheri, who had gone to a tea shop nearby, arrived his employer was lying in a pool of blood.

Senior district police officials and police personnel from Guduvancherry reached the spot, recovered the body and sent it to the Chengalpattu Medical College Hospital for post-mortem.

Kumar, a resident of Kilambakkam, had several cases pending against him.

They include the murder of Balaji, a Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam functionary, at Oorapakkam last year.

The ‘Q’ Branch police conducted a search at Kumar’s house recently after some of the culprits arrested by the ‘Q’ Branch in Tuticorin confessed that they had sold unlicensed revolvers to him.

He was acquitted in a murder case of the then Oorapakkam village panchayat president, Menaka, in 2001, police said.

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