A special drive conducted simultaneously in all the eight districts in the Central Zone from the late hours of Thursday till the early hours of Friday led to the arrest of some absconding accused; execution of pending non-bailable warrants; action initiated under various provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code against criminals and booking of several motor petty cases.
Teams of police personnel carried out the “storming operation”, lasting nine hours at a stretch, in their respective district on the instruction of the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone K.Vanniaperumal. The main objectives behind this mission were to check the activities of anti-socials and prevention and detection of crimes.
The night-long drive involving Deputy Superintendents of Police, Inspectors, Sub Inspectors and Constables in Tiruchi, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Pudukottai, Karur, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam districts were conducted under the direct supervision of the Superintendent of Police of the respective district.
As many as 96 non-bailable warrants were executed across the central zone during the drive with the maximum number of 25 warrants having been executed in Thanjavur district, followed by Tiruchi where the figure stood at 21.
In all, 48 absconding accused including those involved in grave crimes such as murder, attempt to murder, hurt and rioting cases were apprehended by the law enforcers based on information. Majority of them were arrested in Pudukottai district.
Police sources said 12 OV (out of view) criminals and bad characters were traced and 45 absconding ex-convicts were rounded up during the operation. A total number of 44 rowdies were rounded up and action initiated against 308 criminals under Sections 109 and 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
In addition to these, the law enforcers went after traffic rule violators booking 1,751 motor petty cases under various heads including over speeding and overloading. Tipsy riders were also brought to book with the police registering 310 drunken driving cases as part of the storming operation.
A mini goods carrier in which 40 bags containing ration rice were being allegedly smuggled was seized in Thanjavur district and the consignment was confiscated.
Three teams were constituted in each police station level, with one team mandated to conduct vehicle checks, the other to arrest absconding accused and trace OV criminals and the third to enforce prohibition, said the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tiruchi Range A.G.Mourya.
The objective behind this operation were also aimed at keeping the activities of anti-social elements under check and prevent crimes, he said. .
Night-long drive was conducted under the direct supervision of the Superintendents of Police of the respective districts, writes R.Rajaram