Police describe it as an ‘encounter’ when accused escaped

Police on Friday shot dead two men, both key suspects in the October 27 murder of police Sub-Inspector, after they escaped from custody and allegedly attacked a police team that tried to stop them at check post, police said.

Prabhu and Bharathi, named as key accused in the killing of Alwin Sudhan, a young Sub-Inspector, were killed in what police described as an “encounter” at Theethankottai in Sivaganga district, on Friday night.

According to the police, the two had to be taken for remand extension in a judicial magistrate’s court. A team from the Armed Reserve Police, Sivaganga district, had come to Madurai Central Prison and taken custody of the duo. At around 12.30 p.m., when the police vehicle approached the Lake View Road here, Prabhu, complained of chest pain. When the police team was about to rush him to a nearby hospital, the two accused escaped assaulting the constables.

A constable, Chitravelu is convalescing in the Government Rajaji Hospital, Madurai. The Anna Nagar police in Madurai City registered a case and a general alert was sounded across the districts for them.

Meanwhile, a highly placed source confirmed that Prabhu and Bharathi, spotted travelling on a two-wheeler, attacked a police team when they refused to stop at a check post near Theethankottai.

After a hot chase, they were shot by the police in Sivaganga district, the source said.

The bodies of the duo were being brought to Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital.

On October 30, a gang that included Prabhu and others had allegedly killed Alwin Sudhan when the Maruthu Pandiyar Guru Puja was under way. The young police officer, who had joined service less than three months before, died on the spot. After a fortnight, Prabhu and two of his accomplices surrendered before a court in Tirupur.

They were later remanded in judicial custody and lodged in Madurai prison.

The article has been corrected for factual errors.