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Friday, November 30, 2012
petrol bomb attack case
10 arrested in petrol bomb attack case
Police have arrested 10 people for hurling petrol bombs on a van near Madurai on October 30, following which six people died.
While five people were arrested few days back, five others have been arrested and sent to remand on Tuesday. Police identified the arrested as C Chandrasekar, 20, R Sonayya, 20, P Nagaraj, 20, V Balamurugan, 18 and Muthukaruppan, 20. Police said that inquiries have revealed that few more people were involved in the attack and a hunt has been launched to nab them.
On October 30, when a group of men from Puliangulam village in the outskirts of the city were returning after a visit to Pasumpon village in Ramanathapuram to participate in the Muthuramalinga Thevar Guru Pooja, petrol bombs were hurled on their van. Even before the men could jump out, the van went up in flames and all the passengers suffered severe burn injuries. They were rushed to the government hospital as well as other private hospitals in the city. However, six of them succumbed to the injuries sparking tension in the region.
The police immediately formed five special teams to nab the culprits. The police first arrested Ramar, the prime suspect in the case and later four others. Subsequently, five more have been arrested.
During interrogation, the arrested people have reportedly admitted to the have hurled the petrol bombs in a bid to intimidate the men returning from Pasumpon. They told the police that they were hiding in the dark on either side of the highway waiting for the vehicles. As soon as they saw the van, they surrounded it and hurled petrol bombs from all sides, police said.
NOTE : only 10 arrested in petrol bomb attack case but 71 mukkulathors were arrested for stone pelting for this incident.