Raids in north Chennai follow spate of murders

The city police is going all out to keep north Chennai free of anti-social elements.

Raids were conducted in M.K.B. Nagar, Pulianthope, and Kodungaiyur on Saturday and ten anti-social elements were arrested. Among those arrested was Mohan alias ‘Kattan’ Mohan, a member of the Chera gang. He is involved in three murder cases and has been absconding for a year.

Also arrested was Ramesh (32) of Sathymurthy Nagar, brother of notorious Nagendran, who is in jail, Kumar alias Appan, Rajesh alias Gundu Oosi, Venkatesan, Buvanendran, Satish kumar and Chandru. The three major gangs active in North Chennai are led by ‘Bokkai’ Ravi, Nagendra and ‘Kaka Thoppu’ Balaji. “In the last twenty days, we arrested 26 persons from ‘Bokkai’ Ravi and Nagendra gangs,” said additional deputy commissioner of police, Pulianthope S. Jayakumar. During the vehicle checks conducted as part of the raids, the police seized 4,500 kilos of PDS rice which was being smuggled. Four persons were arrested. Xavier, the owner of the vehicle, is absconding and the police have launched a hunt for him.

The police also held notorious ganja dealer Anandan, the brother of infamous narcotics dealer Ravanan. Four women was also arrested for selling ganja. A man named Musthafa was arrested for selling pirated DVDs and 2,000 discs were seized.

“We have not been sleeping or going home. We have been conducting raids continuously” said assistant commissioner of police, MKB Nagar, Govi Manoharan.

City Police commissioner S. George said that the raids will continue and that they will flush out rowdy gangs from the locality.

Residents suggested a variety of steps to solve the gang wars. M. Thuyamurthy of the association of transparency and anti-corruption, said the main problem in the locality was extortion. “There are gangs which demand money from particular commercial establishments. They should be booked first,” he said. Residents also proposed increased patrolling, police interaction with talented youngsters and skill training.

The raid was supervised by Mr. Jayakumar. The team comprised Mr. Govi Manoharan, assistant commissioner of police, Pulianthope, Loganathan among others.

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