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Updated: June 12, 2013 08:34 IST

Gang thrashes cop on patrol in Vyasarpadi

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S. Bhaskaran suffered injuries on his arms and legs and lost a tooth
The Hindu S. Bhaskaran suffered injuries on his arms and legs and lost a tooth

In the fourth such incident in less than a week, policemen were attacked by a gang in north Chennai.

A sub-inspector and a home guard, who were on routine patrol, were brutally beaten up by a group of three men at the Goods Shed junction near the Vyasarpadi police station.

S. Bhaskaran (55), a special sub-inspector with the Vyasarpadi police, and K. Prabhakaran (23), a home guard, were monitoring the area on a bike around 1 a.m. on Tuesday when the incident occurred. Three men, all of whom were in their 20s, led by S. Bhoopalan (21), a second-year law student and a resident of the area, stopped them at the junction. They were angry over an incident on Saturday when Micheal, the president of Egmore Bar Association, and his associate Ranjit were injured in a scuffle at MKB Nagar police station. The trio began abusing the policemen.

The cops advised the men to return home but the men continued to argue. In the midst of the argument, the men suddenly began assaulting the cops with iron and wooden rods. Prabhakaran managed to flee the spot but Bhaskaran was severely beaten. He sustained injuries on his hands and legs and also lost a tooth. The men also damaged the police bike. “We were only armed with lathis and could not defend ourselves,” said Bhaskaran.

Prabhakaran, who had managed to escape, rushed to Vyasarpadi police station and soon, he and a few other cops returned to the scene to rescue Bhasakaran. With the arrival of more policemen, the trio fled. A hunt is on for the men and a case of attempt to murder under IPC has been filed against them.

A spate of such attacks has worried officials. “It’s increasingly difficult to man crime-prone areas in north Chennai. Police personnel are at the mercy of anti-socials,” said a senior police officer.

On Monday, a police booth in B.V Nagar in Vyasarpadi was torched by unknown persons when the policemen stationed there went for lunch.

On Saturday, the MKB Nagar police station in north Chennai turned into a war zone after a group of advocates went on a rampage and injured four policemen. Two advocates were also injured. Last week, policemen at the Tiruvottiyur police station had to pacify a group of inebriated men who clambered up the walls of the station and insisted on drinking there.

“Certain areas like Mannali, IOC terminus road, Pulianthope, Tondiarpet’s Good Shed area and Madhavaram, are off limits for us, especially at night,” said a beat policeman in Tondiarpet.

Experts believe that lack of deterrence is a major reason for crime among youngsters in these areas.

As per police records, most of the two dozen murders in the north zone of the city since January were committed by persons between the age of 18 years and 30. “A culture of violence has been inherited by youngsters in these areas. They should be encouraged to take up constructive activities such as participating in the functioning of boys’ clubs,” said eminent criminologist, R. Thilagaraj, professor and head of the department of Criminology, University of Madras.

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Anti social elements should be encountered in Chennai, they are growing
big time in the city and they are doing it as a culture.If they nab one
guy and start encountering rest others will be scared to death,the state
government has to take a serious action against all these anti social
elements to have a peaceful city.

from:  varun
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 14:57 IST

No leniency should be shown to such people.

from:  Senthil Natarajan
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 05:55 IST

55 Year old Sub inspector, why do they have old people in patrol duty should we not give them office work and put young recruits in patrol duty?

from:  Bas
Posted on: Jun 13, 2013 at 01:20 IST

when a a second-year law student aged 21 attacks a Policemen on duty ,
one Can Imagine the Law & Order Status in Tamil Nadu ?
Tamil Nadu Police Brass has to act & Punish the culprits to act as
deterrence. how Can experts say Lack of deterrence is a major reason for crime
among youngsters in these areas.?
does Indian Law does Not act as deterrence ?

from:  rajdeep
Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 at 16:24 IST

It is really a sorry state of affairs:Police people, who help the public gets into problems like these. It is better that they are given a revolver each, especially when they go on night rounds, to safeguard themselves. Carrying a strong stick (Lathi) is insufficient. Any group of gangsters, when they see a police personnel taking the Revolver, will certainly flee from the place.

from:  K. Sankaranarayanan.
Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 at 15:34 IST

If the Commissioner of Police does not take strong corrective and
preventive action in the form of rounding up all know KDs of North
Chennai, the common man will lose confidence in the policing system
itself, as it will increasingly be seen as being unable to protect its
own!! Just ignore the political angle and pick up all rowdies and anti-
socials, of all hues - and see the result.....what we need is a very
strong action as a response to this trend...

from:  Kalyan
Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 at 12:08 IST
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