He was evading arrest for more than a year

Gnanam alias Thirugnanam of T.P. Chathram, a suspect wanted by the police for his alleged involvement in three murder cases and many other serious offences, was apprehended by a special team of the Kilpauk police here on Thursday night.

According to police sources, the suspect was evading arrest for more than a year now.

Apart from two murder cases in the ICF and Anna Nagar police station limits, he was also involved in the murder of advocate Rajnikanth, who was hacked to death on the Egmore court premises in 2008.

Acting on the instructions of Joint Commissioner of Police (Central) V. A. Ravikumar, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Kilpauk) M.C. Sarangan formed the special team to apprehend Gnanam. The team received a tip-off that the accused was staying on the first floor of a house in M.R. Nagar in at Kodungaiyur.

On seeing armed police personnel surrounding his hideout, Gnanam tried to escape by jumping from the first floor. However, police managed to apprehend him. He was taken to the Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital for first aid. He was produced in a city court and remanded to judicial custody, the sources added.

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