Tamil Nadu BSP chief and Dalit leader Armstrong hacked to death in Chennai by a bike-borne gang

BSP workers and supporters launched a protest against Tamil Nadu BSP chief Armstrong's murder and blocked a road in Chennai.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 06, 2024 | 12:21 AM Updated Jul 06, 2024 | 1:14 AM

Tamil Nadu BSP chief and Dalit leader Armstrong hacked to death in Chennai by six people

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Tamil Nadu president K Armstrong died on Friday, 5 July after he was brutally hacked by a six-member gang near his house in Chennai, said police.

The 52-year-old Dalit leader was a lawyer by profession and he was attacked outside his house. The two-wheeler-borne gang attacked Armstrong, a former councillor of Chennai Corporation, near his house in Perambur, inflicting grievous injuries on him and fled.

He died while he was being rushed to a hospital in Greams Road, said the police officials who have launched a hunt to trace out and nab the accused.

After doctors declared that he was brought dead, his body was sent to Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital for a postmortem. At least 10 special teams have been formed by the Greater Chennai Police to trace and nab the suspects. Two other men, who were near Armstrong, also sustained injuries and are under treatment.

Armstrong is survived by his wife and one-year-old daughter.

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Politicians express shock over ‘gruesome murder’ of Armstrong

Following the death of the Dalit leader, BSP workers and supporters launched a protest against his murder and blocked a road in Chennai, demanding the immediate arrest of the accused, according to reports. Armstrong was hacked to death by an unidentified mob of six people near his residence in Perambur this evening. Police are searching for the accused.

Several political leaders and activists, including BSP chief Mayawati expressed grief and shock over Armstrong’s death and demanded that the accused are immediately arrested. Opposition leaders also criticised the DMK government over law and order in the state. Taking to X to condemn the murder, BSP national president Mayawati said that the Tamil Nadu government should punish the persons who killed the strong “Dalit voice in the state.”

Founder and president of Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Thol Thirumavalavan released a statement demanding the arrest of the miscreants under the Goondas Act. The Lok Sabha MP is part of the DMK-led coalition government.

Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K Palaniswami took to X to ask: “If the state president of a national party is assassinated, what is the point of criticising law and order in the DMK regime?”Asking that the ones responsible for the murder are arrested, he appealed to CM MK Stalin to ensure Armstrong’s funeral takes place peacefully.

(Edited by Neena) 

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