A 37-year-old history sheeter,questioned by the police recently in connection with the murder of BJP Tamil Nadu general secretary V Ramesh,was hacked to death by an unidentified gang here,the police said Friday.
Shajahan was standing on a road Thursday night when the gang attacked him with sharp-edged weapons,killing him on the spot,they said.
Several cases,including three murder cases,were pending against him,the police said adding that they suspected gang rivalry behind his killing.
He was arrested by CB-CID police in August last for allegedly possessing deadly weapons.
Later,the Special Investigation Division probing the killing of Ramesh interrogated him for his suspected role in the crime after which he was lodged in the central prison here.
Shajahan was later released on bail by a local court.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered a probe into the murder of Ramesh and leaders of Sangh Parivar units in the state following demands by the BJP,which alleged its leaders were being targeted in the state.