A key member of a radical Muslim outfit was arrested in Cuddalore, about 200 km from here, in connection with the June 18 murder of Hindu Munnani (HM) functionary at suburban Ambattur. Police sources said Kaja Mohideen of Cuddalore was arrested last evening on charges of conspiring to kill Hindu Munnani functionary Suresh Kumar. He was also charged with funding the murder. Mohideen, in his mid 40s, was a key member of a Muslim outfit based in Tamil Nadu.
Three people hacked Suresh Kumar to death outside his STD shop in Ambattur, located in the close vicinity of the police station. Kaja Mohideen, involved in an attempt-to-murder case in 2004, was picked up from his hideout in Cuddalore following information provided by two fellow conspirators, Nazeer Jalaludeen (33) of Padi and Kutubuddin (27) of Cuddalore, who were already arrested.
The police are on the look out for three others, including one Abu who had done a recce for the killers. Kaja Mohideen, Jalaludeen and Kutubuddin had made three attempts to murder Suresh Kumar in December, April and on June 16, before killing him on June 18.
They had dropped the first attempt because there were too many people present in the Suresh Kumar’s shop when they visited it.
The second attempt failed since Suresh Kumar was busy campaigning in Kanniyakumari for BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate Pon Radhakrishnan.
The third attempt, too, had to be abandoned as there were many customers around the time Suresh Kumar was closing his shop, police sources said. The ownership of the bike, in which the trio had travelled to execute the murder, was tracked down to one Satheeshkumar who had sold it to Kutubuddin through online.
Kutubuddin had stayed in a house at Ambattur in May, where he hatched the plot along with Jalaludeen to murder Suresh Kumar.
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