BSP chief Mayawati pays tributes to slain leader K Armstrong; demands CBI probe

On Saturday, three more people were arrested by the police, making the total arrests related to the case 11.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 07, 2024 | 10:21 AM Updated Jul 07, 2024 | 11:45 AM

Mayawati placed a wreath before the body of K Armstrong.

BSP supremo Mayawati on Sunday, 7 July, demanded a CBI probe into the death of her party’s slain Tamil Nadu president K Armstrong, who was hacked to death in Perambur in Chennai on Friday.

She claimed those who have been arrested so far were not the real culprits and urged Chief Minister MK Stalin to refer the probe to the Central agency to ensure justice for the victim.

Mayawati, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, paid homage to Armstrong in Perambur and placed a wreath before the body of the 52-year-old leader at the Corporation School ground in Perambur.

On Saturday, three more people were arrested by the police, making the total arrests related to the case 11. 10 special teams were constituted under Chennai North Additional Commissioner Asra Garg, to nab the culprits.

Related: TN police under fire for collapse of law and order after BSP chief Armstrong murder

Slams law and order situation

Expressing anguish over Armstrong’s death, Mayawati also said the way he was killed, by a group of assailants late in the evening, showed “there was nothing called law and order” in the state.

Chief Minister Stalin must ensure justice for Armstrong and transfer the probe to the CBI.

“The way he was killed, shows there is nothing called law and order in Tamil Nadu. Those who have killed him, the real culprits have not been nabbed,” she said.

“The real culprits have not been nabbed. Transfer the probe to CBI. We are not hopeful that the state government will ensure justice. So, refer the matter to CBI immediately,” she demanded.

The BSP leader further said Dalits all over the state were apprehensive following Armstrong’s killing and urged the chief minister to ensure their safety.

BSP has taken the matter seriously, but party workers should not take law and order into their hands, she said.

Police suspect revenge killing

Armstrong was brutally hacked to death by a six-member gang disguised as delivery executives on bikes near his house in Chennai at night on Friday.

According to police officials, this could be a revenge murder, linked to the killing of a gangster, Arcot Suresh, last year.

Arcot Suresh was hacked to death by a six-member gang in Chennai, on 18 August, 2023. He was involved in around 30 cases including murder cases.

“The assailants believe Jayapal killed Suresh on orders from Armstrong. Jayapal is currently in prison in a different case. He also faces complaints of taking commissions from investors to retrieve their lost money. In Armstrong’s murder, Suresh’s brother, Baalu, who is facing at least three criminal cases, has now been arrested. Baalu allegedly led the gang that killed Armstrong on Friday,” said a senior officer probing the case, according to The Indian Express.

Chennai city police had arrested 8 people – Suresh’s brother Ponnai V Baalu (39), D Ramu (38), K Thiruvengatam (33), S Thirumalai (45), D Selvaraj (48), G Arul (33), K Manivannan (25) and J Santosh (22) — within hours after the incident.

Another criminal, Nagendran, who is currently in prison, is suspected of helping Baalu execute the crime, officials said.

On Saturday, Chief Minister MK Stalin took to X, to express his condolences and said the culprits would be brought before the law.

He further wrote, “The police arrested those involved in the murder overnight. I would like to convey my deepest condolences and condolences to all of Armstrong’s party, family, relatives and friends who are bereaved. I have ordered the police officers to conduct the case expeditiously and bring the culprits to justice as per the law.”

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