The brother of an influential DMK leader was kidnapped and murdered early on Thursday by unidentified persons who dumped his body bound and gagged on the banks of river Cauvery.
K N Ramajayam,48,younger brother of former minister and DMKs Tiruchy district secretary,K N Nehru,had gone for a morning walk. When he did not return even after 9 am,his family members suspected something amiss and started looking for him. He was not found in the places he usually visits in the morning,prompting them to approach the police.
It was also suspected that he could have been picked up by the police,as he is facing some cases including that of land-grabbing for which he was once arrested. But police said they had not taken him into custody,and began searching for him based on the complaint filed by his wife Latha,even as anxious DMK cadre went around the region looking for him.
By noon,police received information that a body was found dumped at Ponni delta which turned out to be Ramajayam.
His hands and legs were bound using metal wire and duct-tape while his mouth was gagged. Police sources said there was a deep wound on the back of his head and strangulation marks.
Five special teams have been formed to investigate further into the case,said official sources.
As the news spread,cadres in the region started rushing to Nehrus residence right from the morning and then to the Government General Hospital where the body was taken for autopsy. When it was known that Ramajayam was murdered,irate workers argued with police officials and pelted stones at them and the hospital.
Journalists too faced the wrath of the DMK men. Buses were stopped,shops were closed and normal life was affected as angry cadres swarmed the city.