Chennai: Within hours of an AIADMK ex-councillor being killed in Thiruvannamalai in broad daytime on Sunday, the video of the brutal murder has gone viral with gory images of a left-handed man hacking the victim, again and again, to make sure he is dead.
The dead was identified as V Kanakaraj (55), of Karkana street near Arunachaleswar temple in Thiruvannamalai. Police later stated that the 3 men, including ‘Punk’ Babu, a DMK man, surrendered in connection with the murder. A deal worth over `2 crores between the 2 had caused the brutal murder, the police added.
The incident occurred in the morning when Kanakaraj, an ex-councillor of the municipality who is also into real estate deals, was returning on a two wheeler vehicle with his friend Kannadasan after a game of badminton at a ground in Chengam road, when 2 men on a bike hit the vehicle on which the victim was pillion riding.
In the effect, the 2 men fell down while the 2 on the other bike started attacking Kanakaraj with sickles. Another man standing near a parked car, with its bonnet open, joined the attackers. While Kannadasan was chased away, the gang kept on hacking Kanagaraj, who died on the spot, the police stated.
Later, ‘Punk’ Babu and his friends Raja and Saravanan submitted with the Thiruvannamalai town police station.
Police, after conducting enquiries with the suspects, stated that Babu had given Rs 2 crore to Kanakaraj to buy a property in Gandhi Nagar. Kanakaraj allegedly failed to get the property registered in Babu’s name and also did not return the money. “This seems to have caused the murder,” the police stated. The video of the murder which was posted on Youtube later went on viral WhatsApp groups.