Tirumangalam municipal chairwoman’s husband and councilor stabbed near Madurai

Muthukumar, 40, husband of Tirumangalam Municipal Chairman Ramya and his brother Thirukumar, a councillor, and two others were stabbed by R. Mukesh, 27, following a verbal row in Tirumangalam on Tuesday night.

Subsequently, a sport utility vehicle belonging to Mukesh was set on fire.

Police say Muthukumar’s driver, Senthil, was driving his employer’s children home after their lesson when Mukesh and his friends blocked the road. When Senthil questioned them, Mukesh allegedly spoke ill of Muthukumar and said that Muthukumar became arrogant after Ramya became the municipal president.

When Senthil told the incident to Muthukumar, a former DMK youth wing official, he, along with his brother Thirukumar and his associates, Sikkander and Jagan, went to the NGO Nagar and warned Mukesh. After a heated exchange, Mukesh allegedly stabbed the four men with a knife. Mukesh’s SUV was set on fire during the melee.

While Muthukumar was admitted to Rajaji Government Hospital, Sikkander was admitted to a private hospital in Madurai. The other two people were being treated at the public hospital in Tirumangalam.

The police arrested Mukesh and his associates, Rajesh, Dinesh, Marimuthu and others, for attempted murder, assault, abuse, undue duress and criminal intimidation. They also booked the brothers and others for a similar fee.

The police also arrested a few others about it.

Melissa C. Keyes