Days after the brutal murder of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) functionary Ramalingam in Thirubuvanam of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, police has taken three more men into custody. Earlier the police had detained three, including an activist of the controversial outfit, Popular Front Of India (PFI). With the new round of arrests, the number of accused in the case has gone up to eight.
The three new detainees, Tawheed Basha, Mohammed Tawbeek and Mohammed Parvez, are all suspected to be connected with the PFI. Ramalingam, a catering manager and political activist was hacked to death after he opposed religious conversions by a group of Muslims in a Dalit dominated village.
Some miscreants attacked Ramalingam while he was returning home. His mutilated body was recovered by his neighbors who rushed him to the district government hospital, where he was declared dead.
The murder sparked serious religious tensions in and around the region. The administration was compelled to deploy heavy forces in the area to avoid any communal clashes.