Elderly woman death:  Hunt on for 45 persons

By NT Bureau Published on May 10, 2018 04:38 PM IST

Chennai: A massive hunt for over 45 persons residing in and around Athimur village has been launched after a 65-year-old woman was brutally attacked and died on the spot in Tiruvannamalai on Wednesday.

A 100 member team headed by Superintendent Police Ponni is carrying out the operation after villagers mistakenly took the family of four as child kidnappers and attacked them. Police has filed cases against 23 persons.

The victims were identified as Rukmani, Mohan Kumar S (34) and Chandrasekar (37), both working in Malaysia, Venkatesan K (51), and car driver Gajendran R (44).

Police said that the family was returning  after offering prayers at a temple. "Rukmani offered sweets to two unidentified children, who were seen standing with a woman, while her driver went to enquire about route direction to reach their destination", police said.

The bystanders suspected Rukmani and alerted the locals. Immediately, a group rushed to the spot and started beating them. The mob surrounded the car, reportedly pulled the passengers out and attacked them even after Polur police arrived.

Rukmani received severe injuries and was taken to the Government Tiruvannamalai Medical College Hospital (GTMCH), where she was declared brought dead.

The police brought the mob under control and took the other four victims to the same hospital. Venkatesan and Mohan Kumar were later referred to Government Vellore Medical College Hospital from where they were taken to Christian Medical College in Vellore.

"Humanity died when villagers brutally assaulted old woman. All the culprits will be arrested and murder charge will be slapped on them," Ponni said while addressing the media.

In the past
* A man selling ducks was allegedly beaten after villagers suspected him to be a thief. Police found no truth during investigation.

* People caught a man from North India and assaulted him suspecting him to be a thief at Madipakkam. Police said he had been visiting a relative in a nearby village.

* A19-year-old man was allegedly stoned to death by residents of Sumangali village, Tiruvannamalai when he and two others were going to pick up a friend from Vembakkam bus stand. The villagers had mistaken him for a thief.