Police has detained five in relation to the murder of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) functionary Ramalingam in Thirubuvanam of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu. The PMK functionary was hacked to death by a group of miscreants in the early hours of Wednesday. Hours before his murder, in a video Ramalingam was seen arguing with a couple of Muslim men who were allegedly trying to convert gullible people from Dalit community into Islam.
The police officials confirmed the identities of those arrested to be, Mohammad Azaruddin, Mohamma Riaz, Nizam Ali, Sarbuddin and Mohammad Riaz. According to reports, Nizam was seen in the viral video with Ramalingam and he was a member of the Popular Front of India (PFI). It is unclear whether the rest four also belonged to the PFI.
Condemning the murder of Ramalingam in the strongest words, PMK chief S Ramadoss on Wednesday, said that Ramalingam was attempting to prevent a religious conversion. This version of events has not been confirmed by the police.
“No one with a conscience will accept the heinous murder of someone who opposed religious conversion. Such acts are against humanity. Such acts, ruining religious co-existence and stoking communal violence should not be permitted,” said Ramadoss.
The suspects have been booked under Indian Penal Code Section 302 (Punishment for murder), based on a complaint filed by Ramalingam’s son. Ramalingam’s body has been handed over to his family.