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Updated: August 24, 2013 10:27 IST

DSP Vellaidurai who gunned down notorious gangster Veeramani receives medal

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File photo of S. Vellaidurai
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File photo of S. Vellaidurai

Ten years after the encounter killing of Chennai’s most notorious gangster Ayodhyakuppam Veeramani on Marina, the cop who fired the bullets received on Friday the Chief Minister’s Police Medal for Gallantry for his daring act.

S. Vellaidurai (49), Deputy Superintendant of Police, Manamadurai in Sivagangai district, was in the city to receive the medal from the Chief Minister in a grand event held at the Nehru indoor stadium.

Reminiscing that Sunday morning of July 27, 2003 on the beach, Vellaidurai who was then a Sub-Inspector with the Marina Police Station said that he along with his colleague Kingsley had gone to pickup Veeramani whom he had once arrested in Tiruchi for an another offence.

“He was a huge guy wearing lot of gold jewellery on him and was always surrounded by his men armed with knives and sickles. We approached Veeramani to come with us after he had just returned from the day’s fishing in the sea. He refused to give in and attacked us. I had to fire two bullets at him from my pistol,” the DSP said.

The gangster who sent shivers among people all along Chennai’s southern coastline for over a decade, died on the spot after the bullets pierced his head and heart.

“He was the most dreadful of the criminals I have ever faced in my career,” recalled the officer who had gunned down 11 men in six successful police encounters till date.

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Bravo DSP Vellaidurai for your exemplary act of courage. It is also recalled that, it was done during the erstwhile tenure of Jayaji as the Chief Minister under whose wise counsel and guidance the said encounter had taken place upholding the good law of the land thereby reassuring the subjects of the country that a good governance is not only adorning the seat of power but also adoring the virtues of life by all means available at the helm.

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 14:16 IST

In the world of criminals,publishing the hero's photo brings more enemies than Medal!

Posted on: Aug 24, 2013 at 12:13 IST
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