Murder of auto driver: residents stage road blockade

June 29, 2019 10:16 pm | Updated 10:16 pm IST - Ramanathapuram

Residents of Pirappan Valasai staging a road blockade on the Ramanathapuram - Rameswaram national highway near Uchipulli on Saturday.

Residents of Pirappan Valasai staging a road blockade on the Ramanathapuram - Rameswaram national highway near Uchipulli on Saturday.

Traffic was disrupted on the Ramanathapuram – Rameswaram national highway for about an hour on Saturday, when residents of Pirappanvalasai staged a road block agitation, near Uchipulli, protesting against the murder of an autorickshaw driver and demanding the detention of the accused under Goondas Act.

Police said the driver, Jothibasu, 35, of Pirappanvalasai, who had suffered serious head injury after he was attacked by a three member gang on June 22, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, after which, the local residents staged the protest and blocked traffic.

Police said vehicles, including Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation buses, proceeding towards Rameswaram were diverted via Uchipulli and vehicles coming from Rameswaram were diverted through Pirappanvalasai and Pudumadam.

The residents, including women, gave up the protest after senior police and revenue officials held talks with them and assured to concede to their demands.

The protestors demanded the detention of the accused under the Goondas Act, compensation to the victim’s family and government job to one of the family members.

Police said G. Arivazhagan of MGR Nagar, Pirappanvalasai, one of the three accused had damaged the windscreen of an autorickshaw belonging to K. Mayakannan, 32, on June 21 while in a drunken mood.

They, however, reached a compromise and decided not to take up the case with the police.

The next day, when the local police came to know of the incident, the accused suspected that Jothibasu had informed the police and assaulted him with iron rods. He was admitted to a private hospital in Madurai and died on Saturday, police said.

Police arrested Arivazhagan and his accomplice Muthu alias ‘Naadi’ Muthu and remanded them in judicial custody, while sending the juvenile accused to the Government observation home at Palayamkottai.

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