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Armstrong's murderers will be brought to book: Tamil Nadu CM Stalin

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on Tuesday gave assurance to the wife of murdered BSP State President K Armstrong that her husband's murderers would be brought to book.
"I gave assurance to Sister Porkudi (wife of Armstrong) that murderers would be brought before law for severe punishment. Our government is confident to find and punish whoever is behind this Murder," MK Stalin said after visiting the house of Armstrong in Chennai
"This is the government for everyone. Justice would be served. The Police Department would work with honesty," he added.
Earlier, the Chief Minister paid floral tributes to the portrait of Armstrong and consoled Porkudi and other close relatives of Armstrong.
Armstrong was hacked to death last Friday evening by a group of unidentified men near his residence in Perambur, Chennai.
The Chennai police suspect the involvement of associates of gangster Arcot Suresh, who was murdered in August last year, in the murder.
In an interview with ANI on Sunday, Asra Garg, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), North Chennai, said, "After sustained interrogation, due analysis, and diligence regarding the facts and circumstances of each suspect, we have arrested eight people. We have seized seven blood-stained weapons, one Zomato t-shirt, a Zomato bag, and three bikes that were used in the commission of the offence."
Highlighting the suspected motive behind the killing, ACP Garg mentioned that the associates of gangster Arcot Suresh, who was assassinated last year, believed it was "conspired" by Armstrong.
"In continuation of this, the special teams formed by the Chennai police have secured three more suspects. The preliminary investigation so far indicates that the motive prima facie appears to be based on different types of analysis. In August 2023, Arcot Suresh was murdered by a gang; his family and associates believe it was done under the direction or in conspiracy with Armstrong, who was murdered on Friday," he stated.
The Chennai police have formed special teams to comprehensively probe the case.
Earlier on Saturday, the BSP supremo, Mayawati, called for immediate action from the Tamil Nadu government. "The brutal murder of a hardworking and dedicated leader of the BSP in Tamil Nadu and the state party unit president K. Armstrong outside his Chennai residence yesterday evening has sent shockwaves across society. The government should immediately take strict and necessary action to prevent such incidents in the future," she said in a post on 'X'.
Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Annamalai said that the murder of Armstrong has highlighted the poor state of law and order in the state.
"We are extremely saddened by the death of a prominent leader in Tamil Nadu, BJP chief K Annamalai...this murder has showcased the poor law and order in Tamil Nadu and DMK govt's denial. Tamil Nadu has become a land where murders are happening on one hand and surrenders are happening on the other, people come out of jail very fast and they commit murder again... the government has to first acknowledge...until they let the Police act freely, there is not going to be an end to this menace..," Annamalai said speaking to reporters on Monday.

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