R. Rajaram

TIRUCHI: An accused in several cases – Balaji alias ‘Bomb’ Balaji – was killed in an encounter with the police near here in the early hours on Monday. A Sub Inspector was injured when the accused opened fire.

Balaji (35), hailing from Karanthai in Thanjavur, was an accused in five murder cases.

After a hot chase when Balaji was cornered, he lobbed a country bomb at the police team, which, however, did not explode.

When they ordered Balaji to surrender, the latter pulled out a pistol and allegedly opened two rounds of fire, in which the Sub Inspector received a bullet injury. The injured policeman is admitted to Government Hospital in Tiruchi.