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Bail granted to 15 cancelled

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Judge declines to cancel bail of two others

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday cancelled the bail and anticipatory bail granted by the Principal District and Sessions Judge to 15 persons accused in the murder of a gangster, Pandiarajan, here on January 10.

The accused were Visakirumi alias Ramkumar, Sullanmani alias Manikandan, Sundu Saravanan, Kakkuveeran, Gundumani alias Mahendramanikandan, Chinnabose, David, Mahendran, Panneer, Raja, Virumandi, Guna alias Gunasekaran, Thiagu alias Senthil, Ramesh and Ranjith Kumar.

However, Justice M. Chockalingam declined to cancel the bail of two other accused, Alagu Kannan and Suresh Kumar, since they were strictly following the conditions imposed while granting bail.

According to the prosecution, two rival gangs headed by Alaguraja and Pandiarajan had a long-standing enmity between them. As a result, two members of the latter's gang were murdered on May 24, 1998 and a criminal case was pending trial before the Additional District and Sessions Court (Fast Track Court- I) here.

In retaliation, the other gang murdered Alaguraja's father, Singathevan, on September 16, 1998 at Usilampatti and the case was pending before the Additional District and Sessions Court (PCR) here.

Subsequently, Alaguraja and his associates targeted Pandiarajan. On January 10, 2005, when Pandiarajan was about to get down from his car to consume liquor at Thathaneri Aruldosspuram, three country bombs were thrown at his car of which one exploded and other two failed. Later, a gang armed with deadly weapons hacked him to death.

The Sellur police registered a case under various provisions of IPC and Explosive Substances Act and the charge sheet against 27 accused was laid before the Judicial Magistrate II on April 28, 2005.

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