The accused were identified as F. Pandian alias Gnanaraj (35) of Radhapuram in Tirunelveli district, R. Ismail (32) of Marthandam in Kanyakumari district and R. Kumar alias Kannan (25) of Chitradurga in Karnataka.
The victim, hails from Thuckalay in Kanyakumari district.
The accused were serial offenders and were engaged in rag picking for a living.
One of them was wanted for a murder.
On the day of the incident they were consuming alcohol at a bar near the bus stand. They noticed that the victim had a lot of money when he was paying the bill.
The accused took the victim to the roof of the bus stand and tried to grab his money and mobile phone.
When Jebaraj resisted and raised an alarm, they strangulated him with a wire and stabbed him in more than 25 spots on his face and body with a knife and a pair of scissors.
A case was registered under sections 302 (murder) and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt) of the Indian Penal Code.
Three special teams were formed under Deputy Commissioner (Crime) of the City Police R.V. Ramya Bharathi to nab the accused. A police officer said that the teams inquired with more than 200 persons including many ex-convicts and suspects who were frequenting the vicinity and managed to narrow down on the three.
The police are also inquiring if the three persons were involved in the murder of college student T. Arnold (21) in an abandoned room (now demolished) near the railway track on the Brookebond Road in mid August last year.