Coimbatore: Raja alias Sivaraj (35) of SKK Nagar in Sulur was hacked to death by a group of three unidentified miscreants in front of the Sulur bus stand in the small hours of Friday.
Even as the victim was approaching the bus stand for boarding a bus, the gang that was following him hacked him to death. Police suspect the murder to be a fallout of previous enmity over a dispute on gambling.
Killed in accident
A truck cleaner Mariappan (50) was killed on the spot along with three cows when a lorry laden with cows on its way from Salem to Kerala fell on its side while trying to overtake another truck. The accident took place near Chintamanipudur on the bypass road near Sulur.
Nearly a dozen cows sustained injuries.
The flying squad personnel of the district administration, led by Tahsildar V. Subramanian, intercepted a lorry laden with Public Distribution System (PDS) rice at Sulur in the small hours of Friday. Following a tip-off, the flying squad personnel conducted vehicle checks and when a lorry was intercepted near the Sulur police station, the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled. Ten tonnes of PDS rice was found in the lorry during search.
City Police Commissioner K.C. Mahali has ordered the detention M. Abdullah (47) under Goondas Act for a period of one year. A release said that Abdullah was arrested by the Selvapuram police on May 18 on the charge of possessing ganja. He was arrested and sent to remand and was lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison under judicial custody. The order was served on him at the prison.