Sivalingam, naxalita de 74 años, condenado a cadena perpetua


Sivalingam (middle) (TOI pic by Shanmughasundaram J)


Vellore: Thirty six years after Anbu alias Sivalingam, now 74, of Vakkanampatti village near Jolarpettai killed three policemen and three of his associates by hurling a country on a car in Tirupattur town in Tamil Nadu, the Vellore additional district and session court on Monday awarded him five life imprisonments and 10 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Judge S Natarajan pronounced Sivalingam guilty of killing police inspector Palanisamy, head constables Yesudass and Murugesan and three of his associates — Perumal, Rajappa and Selvam –by hurling a country-made bomb that he had been hiding in his innerwear.

Two other policemen were injured in the incident, which occurred at about 5.30am on August 6, 1980. A police team nabbed five naxalites and were taking them to the Tirupattur taluk police station in an Ambassador car bearing the registration no TMC 4849. They stopped at Tirupattur as Sivalingam wanted to relieve himself.

Using the opportunity, Sivalingam took a country-bomb and hurled it on the car and escaped from the spot with his associate Chinnathambi, said police officials privy to the inquiry in the case.

The Tirupattur police registered a case in this regard (crime no 572/1980) and launched a search for Sivalingam and Chinnathambi. Chinnathambi was arrested while Sivalingam was still absconding. (Chinnathambi died a few years ago).

After three decades, Sivalingam was arrested in Tiruvalluvar district in 2009 by Q branch police.

Following this, the CB-CID police reopened the case on October 11, 2010. “Of the total number witnesses of 45, 14 witnesses have been examined. Police officials M Masilamani and Unnikrishnan, who were part of police team and escaped with injuries, are the key witnesses,” said additional public prosecutor (APP) S R Shanmugham.

The judge awarded five life term under the provision of 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC read with 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and 10 years RI under sections 3 and 4 of Explosives Substances Act 1908.

“The judge, in the verdict, stated the all the sentences will run concurrently,” said the APP

Sivalingam told TOI that he would be appeal in the high court against the verdict.

After the verdict, he was lodged in the Vellore Central Prison.





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