Additional Sessions Court – III judge V. Sivagnanam on Friday sentenced four persons to life imprisonment for murdering a labourer in 2008.

The prosecution case was that Meiyalagan (31) along with his friends killed Sivakumar (29) of Narayana Pillai Thottam in Erumapalayam when he informed the police about Meiyalagan’s involvement in brewing and selling arrack. Sivakumar was working as a labourer at a garment manufacturing unit. The police had arrested 13 people.

The judge found Meiyalagan, ‘Tamil Nadu’ alias R. Mariappan (27), C. Murali (26), and M. Dhanabal (26) guilty of charges of murder and awarded life imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 10,000 each. Seven others accused of harbouring Meiyalagan and his friends, G. Prakash (27), K. Logu alias Loganathan (27) S. Thaniyarasu (36), K. Viswanathan (46), V. Vijayan alias ‘Kannadi’ Vijayan (35), P. Ambrose alias Mohan alias Mohan Kumar (33) and D. Srinivasan (62) were acquitted of the charges.

Two accused died during the trial. M. Mathiyalagan was the Public Prosecutor.