Five held for murder of petrol bunk manager in Villupuram

Victim was killed in a case of mistaken identity

The Villupuram town police on Thursday arrested five persons in connection with the murder of a petrol bunk manager at Thiru Nagar near here on February 4. The arrested were identified as Raghu, Muthukumar, Damodaran, Arockiaraj and Cyril.

Police said the victim S. Srinivasan, a resident of Panruti in Cuddalore, who was working as a manager at the fuel station, was murdered by the gang in a case of mistaken identity.

The petrol bunk owner Prakash was the real target of the gang.

According to a senior police official, a gang led by Azhar, a historysheeter, attempted to extort money from Mr. Prakash last year. When he refused to heed to the demand, the gang created a ruckus inside the pump and attempted to hurl country-made bombs at his house. However, it turned out to be his neighbour’s house.

Azhar and his associates were arrested by the police on a complaint lodged by Mr. Prakash. The gang decided to take revenge and planned to murder him. A gang led by Muthukumar reached the petrol pump in a car on February 4 and enquired whether the bunk’s owner was available in his cabin.

When employees said he was present in the cabin, the gang rushed into his office and hurled three country-made bombs at Srinivasan, who was the only person in the cabin.

The assailants later attacked him with weapons, killing him on the spot. The accused were produced before a local court and remanded in custody.

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