Staff Reporter

It was no election rivalry; DMK councillor among seven persons arrested

MADURAI: In a case that boomeranged, those who claimed `victims' of a bomb attack turned out to be the `accused.'

It was late on Monday here that two persons came in a motorcycle on the Panagal Road and allegedly hurled country-made explosives on a car. Five persons, including the Melamadai ward councillor, Raja, were injured in the alleged attack. Initially, the city police suspected election rivalry behind the incident and enquired their political rivals.

Two suspects were even picked up for enquiries. However, when their confessions did not yield any link to the bomb attack, the Commissioner of Police, M. Chidambarasamy, formed a special team led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, S. Kumaravel, to probe the case further.

Following specific information, the team apprehended S. Mastan of Chennai and S. Ramesh Kumar of Madurai who were holed up in a city lodge. The duo confessed to have committed the offence at the instance of the complainants in the case.

The Anna Nagar Sub-Inspector, R. Venkataraman, took them into custody on Thursday. A case was registered against all the seven accused for conspiring the crime.

Investigations revealed that the suspects had planned to settle scores with their rival by fixing them in the case. A trial to the plan was successfully done in front of Actor Vijay's house in Chennai a few months ago. One of the suspects, Sadiq masterminded the whole operation and made the explosives. The two-wheeler used in the case was brought from Chennai, Mr. Chidambarasamy told reporters.

The Commissioner gave cash rewards to the special team. The Deputy Commissioners of Police, N. Arivuselvam (Law and Order), P. Nagarajan (Crime) and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Prohibition Enforcement Wing), M. Manohar, were also present.