In Chennai, the chief minister of Tamil Nadu meets with Armstrong's family and promises justice

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin visited the house of murdered BSP state president K Armstrong in Chennai on Tuesday. Offering his condolences to Armstrong's wife and other relatives, Stalin paid a floral tribute to the portrait of the BSP leader.

Stalin's visit came a day after City Police Commissioner Sandeep Rai Rathore was replaced. It also coincided with calls from Opposition parties and Armstrong's supporters for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry into the case.

Following his visit, Stalin issued a statement expressing his condolences to the family and assuring them that the culprits would be brought to justice. 

Armstrong was hacked to death on the evening of July 5 by a group of unidentified men near his residence in Perambur, Chennai. The Chennai police suspect the involvement of associates of gangster Arcot Suresh, who was murdered in August last year, in Armstrong's murder.

"After sustained interrogation, due analysis, and diligence regarding the facts and circumstances of each suspect, we have arrested eight people. We have seized seven blood-stained weapons, one Zomato t-shirt, a Zomato bag, and three bikes that were used in the commission of the offense," Asra Garg, Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), North Chennai, told news agency ANI.

Highlighting the suspected motive behind the killing, ACP Garg mentioned that the associates of gangster Arcot Suresh, who was assassinated last year, believed Armstrong had conspired in Suresh's murder.

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