Driver Mani alias Manikandan, who was with ‘Pottu’ Suresh at the time of the brutal murder, is now with the police, said Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur.

Police teams have been formed and check-posts alerted. “We have some clues about the assailants and hope to zero-in on them,” he said. The mobile phone used by Suresh is expected to come in handy during investigations.

It was said that the windscreen of the luxury car in which Suresh was travelling was stoned by two persons who came on a two-wheeler after which the driver had stopped the vehicle. At that moment five to six assailants jumped from a goods vehicle and stabbed Suresh with deadly weapons and vanished. A police sniffer dog that was taken to the crime scene tracked the scent and ran for about 100 metres on the Murugan Koil Main Road.