MGR’s relative murdered, property dispute suspected

June 6th, 2008 - 1:04 am ICT by IANS  

Chennai, June 5 (IANS) A nephew of the wife of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M.G. Ramachandran was killed here Wednesday night over a dispute over the property of the Tamil film icon. Police were Thursday interrogating another close relative in connection with the murder. Vijayan was allegedly beaten to death with sticks in Alwarpet in the southern suburbs of the city. He was carrying on a campaign against the executors of the will of MGR.

MGR’s widow Janaki Ramachandran had left behind huge property worth around Rs.150-200 million. MGR had no children and willed his property to his wife, who in turn left it to a trust to be handled by MGR’s lawyer N.C. Raghavachari. After the lawyer died, he willed that it would be executed by Rajendran, another nephew.

Vijayan was attacked Wednesday night. He was rushed to Apollo Hospital, but died on the way, police said. He had head injuries which appeared to have been inflicted with an iron rod, his wife Sudha said.

Rajendran is being questioned, said city Police Commissioner R. Sekhar. “We hope to crack the case very soon. We have all the leads,” he said.

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