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Missing arms: four policemen to undergo narco analysis test

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Testing time: Police personnel of the Adiyamankottai police station, who were on duty the day guns were looted, at the Dharmapuri Government Hospital on Wednesday.
Testing time: Police personnel of the Adiyamankottai police station, who were on duty the day guns were looted, at the Dharmapuri Government Hospital on Wednesday.

R. Ilangovan

Affidavit seeking permission to carry out the test for obtaining “critical information” filed

Personnel undergo medical examination, tests

Computer operator to also undergo the test

SALEM: Following the delay in solving the disappearance of arms from Adiyamankottai police station in Dharmapuri district a few days ago, the State police have started preparing grounds for subjecting four of their police personnel, who were on duty at that time, to a narco analysis test at the Forensic Laboratory in Bangalore.

An affidavit seeking permission for carrying out the test to procure “critical information” has been filed before the court of Dharmapuri Judicial Magistrate No. 2. The court is yet to respond.

Four policemen, Sub inspector P. Krishnan, head constables K. Raja and N. Rajamanickam and Grade I sentry constable M. Subramaian, were subjected to medical examination and tests, a prerequisite for the lie detection test, at the Dharmapuri Government Hospital.

The police also decided to place one more witness, a computer operator who was sleeping in station at the time of the incident, to narco test.

Dharmapuri SP Najmul Hoda told The Hindu that the Tamil Nadu police had sought dates from the Bangalore Forensic Laboratory for the test. “Since immediate dates are not available, we have started initiating the mandated stipulations prior to the narco tests on them. A special team under an ADSP has been entrusted with the job.”

The SP said the investigation had reached a crucial stage. “At any time, we will zero in on those who broke into the police station and decamped with the arms.”

Sixteen teams continued their search operations in the dense forests and hills for the missing arms.

The Station officers in all police stations in the State were asked to check the Station Property Registers to verify whether any ammunition was missing. The gang did not touch the ammunition box while grabbing six guns from the safe room of the Adiyamankottai station.

Security has been stepped up in all police stations in Theni, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts where naxal activity was reported in the recent past.

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