All six accused have been arrested and are currently under remand at the Kodungaiyur station in Madhavaram.

Reformed Chennai history-sheeter hacked to death 6-member gang arrested
news Crime Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - 10:20

A reformed north Chennai history sheeter who went by the nickname ‘Muttai’ Gopi was brutally hacked to death by a six-member gang in Moolaikadai on Monday.

According to reports, Gopi (37), an auto-rickshaw driver had stopped at the Moolaikadai junction to hand over his auto to a friend when the gang accosted him with sickles and machetes. Realising that his life was in danger, Gopi fled the scene. However, the gang chased and killed him on the spot by reportedly hacking him on his hands, head and face.  

The Kodungaiyur police have arrested all six men involved in the murder. The accused, currently under remand are: Sebastian alias Seba (29), Karthi (22), Siva aka Venkatesan (24), Kicha aka Alex Krishnamoorthy (23), Sreenivasan aka Koni Sreeni (39) and Manikandan (36).

Police suspect that the murder occurred due to an inter-gang rivalry.  

Gopi, the deceased history-sheeter, had three murder cases against him and a few attempts to murder and robbery cases in North Chennai, according to a report in The Hindu. He was also the prime accused in the 2013 murder of Saravanan alias Basha, a 32-year-old resident of Ambedkar Street in Kodungaiyur in Madhavaram.

Sebastian, who was also booked under Goondas Act and had come out on bail 4 days ago, hatched the plan to seek revenge for the murder of his friend and planned the crime, police suspect.

On receiving information about the murder, police rushed to the spot and took the deceased to Stanley Medical College Hospital for a post-mortem report, according to a report in DTnext.

The deceased, a resident of Chinna Mathur near Manali, was a local PMK leader and auto-rickshaw driver. In January this month, Gopi had submitted a petition with the City Police Commissionerate saying that he was being harassed by the police for offences he had no connection with, despite leading a reformed life now.

Gopi is reportedly survived by his wife and two children and his wife wife Anbukkarasi.

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