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Group rivalry behind assault, say police

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, JAN. 28. P olice have arrested three persons over the attack on L. Balasubramanian, president, All-India Overseas Bank Employees Union and National Confederation of Bank Employees at his office on Thursday.

Anna Salai police said they had detained three persons in connection with the attack following a complaint from Mr. Balasubramanian.

A few others also stated to be involved in the attack would be arrested soon.

Cases have been filed under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 341 (wrongfully restraining any person), 427 (mischief and thereby causing damage) and 506 Part II (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

A popular leader among bank employees in the region, Mr. Balasubramanian said he returned to the city after a "padayatra" to Palani on Thursday morning and went to his office on Anna Salai at 12.30 p.m.

A group of persons known to him started a conversation with him. Suddenly, two of them started attacking him with sticks.

The union leader said he was caught unawares and sustained injuries in the right arm, left rib and on the right leg.

When the group began the assault, Jayaraman, who was with Mr. Balasubramanian, tried to protect him.

He also sustained injuries in the right leg. The gang also damaged Mr. Balasubramanian's car and escaped, police said. Group rivalry is suspected to be cause of the attack.

Foreign liquor seized

The Flower Bazaar police arrested three persons, including the manager of a lodge in Triplicane, for illegally possessing 170 bottles of foreign liquor on Friday.

According to the police, a patrol vehicle intercepted Shahul Hameed (32), a resident of Choolaimedu, at Parrys Corner. He was carrying the bottles in a bag. When he was questioned, he claimed that he had purchased the bottles from Nasar (33) at a lodge in Triplicane.

Police arrested Nasar and the manager of the lodge, Suresh, and seized the bottles. The liquor was valued at Rs. 2 lakhs.

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