Suspended prison warden hacked to death

Salem: jul 12

A four-member gang hacked a suspended prison warden to death near Andipatty lake in the city on Thursday evening. Police are yet to identify the gang and also ascertain the motive behind the murder.

The Suramangalam police identified the deceased as K Mathesh, 28, of Andipatty near Suramangalam. He was employed as a warden with the Salem Central Prison. According to an investigation officer, Mathesh had set his neighbour’s Audi car worth Rs 70 lakh on fire during a fight with the latter two months ago.

The Suramangalam police had arrested and jailed him in the incident and following that Mathesh was placed under suspension. “Though he came out on bail on June 10, he could n’t rejoin duty as he was facing departmental inquiry,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, Mathesh set up a fish farm near the Andipatty lake and started doing business.
“On Thursday around 4pm, Mathesh, along with his friend Venkatesh, 30, went to the fish farm on his bike. When they neared Andipatty lake, a car suddenly waylaid them. Four people got down from the car and hacked Mathesh with sickles,” the officer said.

While Mathesh succumbed to his injuries on the spot, Venkatesh managed to escape from the spot. He later alerted the Suramangalam police, who sent the body to the Salem Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College and Hospital for postmortem.

“We suspected the murder might have been committed in connection with money lending issue,” the officer said.  The Suramangalam police have registered a case and further inquiry is on

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