BSP's Tamil Nadu chief killed by six-member gang in Chennai India News


Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Tamil Nadu state unit president K Armstrong was strangled to death by a six-member gang near Perambur in the city on Friday evening. Armstrong, 47, was chatting with friends and supporters near his home when assailants attacked him with deadly weapons.

Armstrong's friends fled as the gang brandished knives and sickles and threatened anyone who tried to intervene. Hearing her cries, her family rushed to the scene, only to find her lying in a pool of blood with severe head and neck injuries. They rushed him to a private hospital in the city, where doctors declared him brought dead.

A senior police officer monitoring the situation said the gang came on three bikes around 7 pm, attacked Armstrong, and fled before his supporters could respond. Deputy Commissioner of Police ISwaran and Assistant Commissioner of Police Parveen Kumar visited the spot.

A special team under the leadership of Sembium Inspector of Police Chiranjeevi has been formed to trace the suspects. The area has since been placed under tight security to prevent possible revenge attacks or riots.

The police are currently investigating a possible enmity with a convict from North Chennai, who is currently in jail.

Armstrong, a lawyer by profession, began his active political career with a law degree. His early life was tumultuous, with eight criminal cases in the past, according to police.

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“His history sheet was closed a decade ago. In his early political career, Armstrong made a name for himself in Chennai by organizing rallies for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and serving as a well-known Dalit leader in the city. gained prominence. Despite leading the state unit of the BSP, the least influential party in Tamil Nadu, he was known for his active role in local mediation and political activism,” the case investigators said. An officer said.

AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami condemned the killing and questioned the law and order situation under DMK rule. VCK chief Thula Thirumalavan demanded a special unit to investigate the crime and bring the culprits to justice.

Armstrong won the city ward as an independent candidate in the 2006 local elections. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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