: The body of a man with stab wounds on his neck was found inthe Buckingham canal in Semmencherry on Sunday morning. Police said he was murdered by a five member-gang, including his brother who later dumped his body in the canal on Friday.

Semmencherry police identified the deceased as M. Ramesh (42), a lorry cleaner from Gandhi Nagar in Sholinganallur who was an accused in a murder case in 2007 and had been in jail till recently.

Ramesh, who came out on bail about a month ago, went missing from Friday. He was last seen with his brother Prakash and four friends Kamaraj, Raja, Rajaram and Krishnamoorthy, all from Gandhi Nagar, on the same evening. Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, some onlookers near the Buckingham Canal spotted the body and informed the police. The police reached the spot and sent the body to Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem after conducting a preliminary probe. Further investigations led the police team to Prakash (38), Rajaram (25) and Krishnamoorthy (29).

“The three men along with Kamaraj, Raja and Ramesh had consumed alcohol near the canal on Friday evening. They had an argument and in a fit of rage Kamaraj broke a beer bottle and stabbed Ramesh, killing him instantly. The group dumped his body is the slush and left,” said K.N.Murali, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thoraipakkam. “Prakash, Rajaram and Krishnamoorthy were arrested on Sunday and two police teams have formed to apprehend Kamaraj and Raja,” added the officer.