‘Cable' Sekar (46), husband of AIADMK Corporation Councillor Kayalvizhi (42) representing ward 29, was hacked to death in broad daylight by a gang, allegedly led by his 25-year-old nephew, near Ambikapuram in the city on Friday morning.

Sekar, who held the post of AIADMK Golden Rock area secretary, was proceeding towards his home on a two-wheeler when he was intercepted and murdered by the gang led by his late elder brother Periasamy's son Silambarasan, police said.

According to sources, Sekar had tried to flee after being pushed down but was pursued, attacked indiscriminately, and left to die in a wayside drain. The gang is said to have tied Sekar's hands with his shirt before unleashing the murderous act. With deep cut injuries on his face and neck, a profusely bleeding Sekar was rushed in a state of unconsciousness by locals to a private hospital in the city where he was declared brought dead. The body was shifted to the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital for post-mortem.

Sekar's wife, who was attending the Corporation Council meeting at the time of the incident, rushed to the hospital. Minister for Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments M. Paranjothi, MLA R.Manoharan and other party office-bearers visited the hospital and offered condolences.

Senior officials who conducted enquiries at the murder spot were reportedly told by locals that the gang had escaped in a waiting car. A police force was stationed at Ariyamangalam as a precautionary measure. Shopkeepers at Ambikapuram downed shutters following the murder. Both Sekar and Silambarasan have criminal cases pending against them in Ariyamangalam and Golden Rock police stations. Four special police teams have been formed to nab the five to six-member gang.

Police sources said that Sekar had for long refused to part with a share of properties that he and his elder brother, engaged in rearing pigs, had purchased over a decade ago when the latter was alive. After his brother's death, Sekar moved into TV cable network business and thereby acquired the epithet ‘cable.'