BSP TN chief hacked to death, Mayawati to meet family today

Calling Armstrong his ‘elder brother’, BSP national coordinator and Mayawati’s nephew Akash Anand said, “The brutal murder of Tamil Nadu BSP State President and my close friend K. Armstrong is shocking. He was a strong and powerful voice for the Dalit community in Tamil Nadu. For me, he was like an elder brother. I strongly condemn this cowardly act. In this time of sorrow, our condolences and prayers are with his family.”

A senior police official indicated that the murder might be a revenge attack connected to the killing of gangster Arcot Suresh last year. “We are conducting an investigation. The murder seems to be linked to an earlier killing,” an official said.

Chennai police officer Asra Garg stated, “Ten teams have been formed to identify the offenders. After interrogating these suspects, we hope to determine the motive behind the murder. Some sharp weapons were used in the attack.”

The opposition has criticised the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu, citing the killing as a sign of the state’s deteriorating law and order situation. Leader of Opposition Edappadi Palaniswamy commented, “When the state chief of a national party is murdered, it reflects poorly on the state’s law and order. There is no fear of law or the police.”

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