DMK executive council member and a close aide of Union minister MK Alagiri, N Suresh Babu alias Pottu Suresh, was hacked to death by an unidentified gang on Thursday evening.
The vehicle-borne gang attacked Suresh near his residence at Satyasai Nagar in Madurai city at 7.45 pm causing fatal injuries, police sources said. Incidentally, the murder spot is said to be near Alagiris residence in Madurai.
The city police have formed special squads to nab the assailants. A former detenue under Goondas Act for alleged land-grabbing, Suresh also faced several criminal cases including murder and intimidation, and was one of the leaders of the strongmen owing allegiance to Alagiri. There was criticism that the strong-arm tactics of the gang including Suresh was one of the reason why the DMK lost many seats in the region, as the public was severely displeased by the activities.
He was one of the important persons who faced the music after DMK lost power and J Jayalalithaa took over as the Chief Minister. Suresh was soon lodged in prison under the provisions of Goondas Act but came out after nearly six months based on a favourable court order. Out of jail, he had declared that he would stay away from politics.
Ever since then, Alagiri had distanced himself from Suresh, though it is said that in the last one month he had returned to Alagiris inner circle. However, he was reportedly absent at Alagiris birthday celebration in Madurai on Wednesday.