In a bid to crack down on crime in north Chennai, this year, the city police have detained 43 notorious criminals under the Goondas Act so far.

The detainees will stay behind the bars for a period of 12 months.

This January, north Chennai witnessed some murders due to clashes between small-time gangs in the Kodungaiyur, MKB Nagar and Pulianthope areas.

Last December, a 15-member gang hacked Deva alias Devarajan (24) of Ekambaranar Koil Street in Periyakancheepuram at the Red Hills bus terminus.

A remand prisoner lodged in Tiruchi prison, he was being escorted by the police after an appearance in a Ponneri court.

“Following detailed assessments of the murder cases and criminal records of the suspects involved, each investigating police team gave an elaborate report to the commissioner of police. He reviewed them and issued orders for the suspects to be imprisoned under the Goondas Act which denies bail or parole for one year,” said a senior officer at the police commissionerate.

Of the 43 persons detained under the Act, 19 were arrested for various crimes including murder and rowdy activity in police limits, including Red Hills, Washermenpet and Flower Bazaar, that fall under the north zone.

The Central Crime Branch of the city police detained two persons — a cheating suspect and a notorious pirated CD dealer.

The prohibition enforcement wing booked two bootleggers including the notorious Raja alias Bearing Raja (41) who is involved in over 20 cases of smuggling of alcohol, an officer of the enforcement wing said.

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