'Welding' Kumar killed by co-prisoners in prison complex
Chennai | Wednesday, Jun 10 2009 IST
Notorious rowdy and murderer 'Welding Kumar' was today killed in the Puzhal Prison Complex, where he was serving life conviction in a murder case, by three co-prisoners after picking a quarrel with them.
Police sources said 'Welding' Kumar, who had 20 cases pending against him, including four relating to murder, picked up a quarrel this afternoon with Raja, Anbu and Karmegam over smoking a cigarette.
He then picked up a knife and injured one of them on the wrists.
The incensed trio grabbed the weapon from his hands and slit his throat.
A profusely bleeding Kumar was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
A dreaded anti-social, 'Welding' Kumar was involved in a case relating to attack on Advocate R Shanmugasundaram on May 30,1995.
The murderous attack on the soft-spoken, mild-mannered lawyer triggered a wave of protests by lawyers all over the State against the then Jayalalitha Government. Shanmugasundaram suffered multiple fractures to his legs and hands. He also received deep and long cuts on his hands. The little finger on his left hand was chopped off. Shanmugasundaram was in hospital for several weeks. His two assistants, L Bhaskaran and Mohan, were also assaulted. The apparent motive behind the crime was Shanmugasundaram had drafted a criminal complaint to prosecute Ms Jayalalithaa, the then Chief Minister and All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary.
Seven persons were arraigned in the case of which one was acquitted. A local court sentenced 'Welding Kumar, the prime accused in the case and five other accomplices to life imprisonment.
The sentence was later confirmed by Madras High Court.
-- (UNI) -- 10MS36.xml
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