Two arrested for spreading rumours about serial killer

July 21st, 2008 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 21 (IANS) Two men were arrested and remanded in custody for 15 days for spreading rumours about a serial killer and creating panic in a Chennai locality, the police said Monday. K. Natarajan, 55, and A. Azhageshan, 50, were arrested for spreading rumours about the presence of the serial killer in K.K. Nagar, making residents of that locality panicky, according to the police.

In the last one month, there have been nine midnight murders in the city mostly targeting elderly watchmen.

According to city police commissioner R. Sekhar, the two people spread a rumour that a 30-year-old man tried to murder Natarajan, a watchman in the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) colony.

As their version spread, the police reached and combed the area and later found it was not true.

“While the murders are under investigation, what these two people did was to seek publicity and spread fear psychosis in a reprehensible manner. To check the spread of such wild rumours the two have been remanded,” Sekhar told IANS.

Natarajan and Azhageshan were booked under section 505(1)(b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), relating to statements conducing to public mischief. The offence is punishable up to three years in jail.

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