R. Rajaram

24 "history-sheeters" picked up in Tiruchi in just two days during the drive

TIRUCHI: The police have launched a crackdown on "anti-social" elements operating in Tiruchi and other districts coming under the Central Zone, which saw many of them lodged behind bars in the past few days.

Over 140 of them, including some history-sheeters, were arrested in Tiruchi and its neighbouring districts during the swoop that commenced in the last week of May.

Four of them had been declared "goondas," and were detained under the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug offenders, Forest Offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum Grabbers and Video Pirates Act, 1982, known as the TN Act 14 of 1982.

Besides Tiruchi, the exercise was conducted in Tiruchi Rural, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts in the past few days.

The maximum number of arrests was reported in Thanjavur district, where 38 "anti-social" elements were put behind bars, followed by Tiruvarur (23), Tiruchi city (20), Nagapattinam (18), Karur (15), Tiruchi Rural (11) Pudukottai (9) and Perambalur (7).

The operation was carried out with an aim to curb anti-social activities, rowdyism, and to hit the backbone of "katta panchayats," the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, M.S. Jaffar Sait told The Hindu .

The exercise was undertaken to drive home the message that those indulging in anti-social activities would not be spared, he added.

As many as 24 "history-sheeters" were picked up in just two days in Tiruchi city during the drive.

Three categories

The police have categorised the anti-social elements as `A,' `B' and `C.'

Those who had indulged in grave crimes fall under the first two categories while general rowdy elements come under the third category.

Police sources said efforts are on to nab those who are absconding. The operation was also carried out against prohibition offenders, especially in Tiruchi district,who were allegedly involved in sale of illicit distillation and selling.

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