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Produced before Tiruvottiyur court and sent back to Kanpur

Policemen from Uttar Pradesh and CCB picked up Khan from Madhavaram

He was last detained in Uttar Pradesh under the National Security Act in 1997

TAMBARAM: A man hailing from Uttar Pradesh and wanted in several cases of murder and kidnap was apprehended by the Chennai Suburban Police in a joint operation with police personnel from Uttar Pradesh . He was sent back to his home State on Thursday.

A press note from the Chennai Suburban Police Commissioner, S.R. Jangid, said that personnel from UP Special Task Force had visited Chennai on a few occasions in the past on suspicion that N. Ahmed Khan (45), at large since 2000, might be in Chennai. They visited Chennai again on Tuesday.

Following specific leads, policemen from Uttar Pradesh and the CCB picked up Khan from Madhavaram on Tuesday.

He was produced before a court in Tiruvottiyur on Wednesday and sent to Kanpur the same day.

Police said Khan had been living in Kanniammal Nagar, Vadaperumbakkam in Madhavaram, since 2000 and running a plastic recycling unit. He was last detained in Uttar Pradesh under the National Security Act in 1997 by the Kanpur police and the police there did not have any clues about his whereabouts after his release later.

The Uttar Pradesh police had launched a nationwide hunt and also announced a reward of Rs.50,000 for those giving information about his whereabouts.

The CCB police said their Uttar Pradesh colleagues had told them that in 2003, they intercepted a car at a police check-post on suspicion. However, the car sped past, but not before Khan shot at a police sub-inspector. That was the last known instance of his involvement in a crime.

Khan, who had settled down in Madhavaram then, had arrived in Chennai in 2000 with his wife, Yasmin, and two children, Azim and Anwar. He was involved in six murder cases, including two double-murders, six kidnap cases and several crimes. He was wanted in a total of 37 cases by the Uttar Pradesh police, sources added.