A gangster implicated in around 40 criminal cases was hacked to death by a six-member group in Vyasarpadi, in the early hours on Saturday.

According to police, around 12.15 a.m., K. Kamesh (27), was on his way home to Sathyamurthy Nagar in Vysarpadi, when an armed gang led by S. ‘Bokka’ Ravi Kumar (27) attacked him. Kamesh suffered serious head and chest injuries, and died on the spot. The gang then drove away on motorcycles.

The body, when found, was sent by police to the Government Stanley Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

A case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code was filed by Vyasarpadi police.

Police officers later arrested ‘Bokka’ Ravi Kumar the main accused, a resident of Nehru Nagar; H. Karthikeyan (25), a resident of MKB Nagar; K. Dhanushu (23), a resident of JJ Nagar; K. Yuvaraj (24), a resident of SM Nagar and K. Vigneshwaran alias Vicky (23), also resident of SM Nagar, while the sixth accused is still absconding.

“The murder was committed due to personal enmity. The victim was a serious offender,” said Govi. Manoharan, assistant commissioner of police, MKB Nagar.

Police said Kamesh had been involved in various criminal offences ranging from chain snatching to kidnapping, extortion and even murder in several localities such as MKB Nagar, Pulianthope, Tondiarpet, Tiruvottiyur, Old Washermenpet and Sembium.

Three years ago, Kamesh allegedly hacked to death ‘Bokka’ Ravi’s friend, S. Kalaiarasan, over a dispute on a petty matter. Kalaiarasan had also been a resident of Sathyamurthy Nagar where Kamesh resided.