Two persons have been arrested in connection with the attack on the Dinakaran office in Madurai on Wednesday in which three employees of the Tamil daily were killed.

Those arrested are `Tiger Pandi` and Badsha and an FIR has been registered against the “identified” persons involved in the attack, police said.

They said five special teams had been formed to trace and arrest those responsible for the attack. “We will get a clear picture as the investigation progresses,” they said.

Though the Sun Network Chief Operating Officer had claimed M K Azhagiri was named first accused in the complaint by Dinakaran`s editor, the latter only stated an unidentified gang attacked the office, police said.

Denying that police remained a mute spectator to the incident, they said they had tried to persuade the crowd to exercise restraint but were outnumbered.

Sun Network Managing Director Kalanidhi Maran, who called on relatives of the deceased, said the organisation would give Rs 15 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the attack. One of the family members would also be given a job by the network.

Earlier, Director General of Police D Mukherjee said in Chennai that one person has been arrested in connection with the death of the three employees and 25 were arrested for rioting at the office.

He said the Dinakaran offices in Tamil Nadu would be provided more security and additional police personnel were being deployed in Madurai.