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.