NEW DELHI: Bowing to pressure, Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday set up a special investigation division to probe the hacking death of state BJP general secretary V. Ramesh on Friday.
Ramesh, a 52-year-old chartered account by profession, was stabbed to death by four assailants on Friday when he was returning home at about 9 PM.
He died on the spot, becoming the fourth leader of the state BJP to be killed in Tamil Nadu during the past one year. His body bore 17 stab wounds.
The newly set up special investigation division will also take over the investigation into the killing of Hindu Munnani secretary Vellaiyappan early this month in Vellore. It will work under the Director General of Police (CB-CID).
Expressing condolences with the bereaved family, Jayalalithaa called it a `brutal murder’ and said that the assailants will not be spared.
The chief minister said anti-social elements would not be allowed to vitiate the atmosphere “for personal or political gain, or to foment communal violence or extremism in any form.’’
She said, “Violence and violent crimes, irrespective of whether they are politically motivated or otherwise, have no place in a civilized society and should be rooted out by stern and strong measures.’’
Jayalalithaa gave a clean chit to the state police machinery, citing the arrest of a suspect named Zaheer Hussain in connection with planting a pipe bomb allegedly targeting BJP leader L K Advani during his `Jan Chetna Yatra’ in 2011.
But former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu said Ramesh’s murder “is a case of police failure,’’ citing what he called “a pattern in all these murders’’ of state BJP leaders.
He said, “These incidents must be seen in the backdrop of Al Umma’s activities in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. Organizations have been changing their name from time to time.’’
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