One of the most-wanted gangsters in Tamil Nadu, Ravi Kumar alias ‘Dog’ Ravi (39), was nabbed by the Anti-Gangster Squad of the city police in a covert operation in Ambattur on Monday night.
Ravi, who was accused of involvement in DMK leader Aladi Aruna’s murder, was hiding in the city for nearly five years.
Ten days ago, the Anti-Gangster Squad led by deputy commissioner S. Jeyakumar received specific information that Ravi was hiding in a house in Ambattur OT. Plainclothes members of the squad combed the area around the house.
On Monday night, the team intercepted Ravi at gunpoint while he was driving his vehicle. He was apprehended, and a sophisticated U.S.-made unloaded pistol was seized from him.
A native of Dindigul, Ravi settled in Madurai and was involved in the breeding and sale of pedigree dogs, which earned him the moniker ‘Dog’ Ravi. In 2000, Ravi reportedly murdered Ilango, the cousin of gangster Varichur Selvam, in Madurai. Subsequently, he fled to Chennai.
He had been confined to the house in Ambattur for three years now, fearing a fatal attack by rivals, sources said. His wife ran a broiler shop near Rakki cinema hall and Ravi resided with her and their two children.
In 2008, a gang led by Azhagar alias Madurai Azhagar came to Chennai to murder Ravi who was residing in Pallavaram then. But with intelligence information, a police team rounded up the gang, which was found in possession of 13 sickles and nine country bombs.