The probe into the murder of Hindu Munnani functionary C Sasikumar in Coimbatore has been transferred to the Crime Branch Crime Investigation Division (CBCID)—Tamil Nadu's top investigating agency. DGP T.K. Rajendran ordered the transfer after the police failed to make any headway into the investigation.
Sasikumar (36), PRO of the Coimbatore unit of Hindu Munnani, was murdered by four people on Thursday night when he was returning home after work. The motorcycle-borne assailants chased him and hacked him to death with sickles. He was killed 15 days after police withdrew the security covered extended to him for over an year as he was under death threat.
The DGP has also asked the superintend of police to immediately hand over the case dairy and all other records to the investigating agency.
Initially, six police teams were formed to probe the murder. Two more teams were added later. The police had questioned and recorded the statements of at least 100 people, but made no progress in the investigation.
Sasikumar's death triggered violence and unrest in Coimbatore—known as the Manchester of South India—which had witnessed quite a few communal riots two decades ago. The riots and violence were in the wake of the murder of a Hindu Munnani activist in 1998. The district saw a series of bomb blasts and violence in that year and every shop and outlet run by Muslims were robbed.