Staff Reporter

The gang operated ‘katta panchayats’

CHENNAI: An operation by the intelligence and law and order wings resulted in the arrest of most wanted gangster Azhagar (27) of Madurai and his accomplices in the city on Saturday, police said.

Apart from allegedly being involved in criminal acts of waylaying, murder and attempt to murder , the gang is said to have operated ‘kangaroo’ courts (katta panchayats) in Madurai with the support of a political party functionary there.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that Rs 1.21 lakh in cash seized from the gang was the money they got from a Madurai-based businessman for settling a ‘deal’ there recently, an officer investigating the case said.

Claiming themselves to be members of a television serial production unit, Azhagar and his accomplices hired an apartment on Valluvan Salai, Arumbakkam, eight months ago.

Prior to this, they were living in an apartment at Vadapalani for six months.

The gang was closely monitoring the movements of a rival, who was also from Madurai and who was identified as ‘Dak’ Ravi.

They were intercepted during a vehicle check in M. K. B. Nagar and on receiving information, police checked the flat at Arumbakkam.

Based on the inputs gathered from the arrested persons, a hunt is on for ‘Dak’ Ravi, police added.

Inspector transferred

Commissioner of Police G.Nanchil Kumaran visited the Arumbakkam police station on Sunday.

He directed the transfer of Inspector of Police (law and order) Chandran from the station as he had failed to keep a vigil on the movements of the anti-socials in the jurisdiction, police said.

A top police officer said the flat in which Azhagar and gang lived had not only a police patta book (register), which is signed by the night round officers regularly, but also it was the vehicle checking point for the police personnel.

Hence, the Commissioner had pulled up the personnel at Arumbakkam station.