Officers instructed to carry out night rounds and conduct checks to nab criminals, writes

R. Rajaram

Law enforcers across the Central Zone have stepped up efforts to apprehend anti-social elements involved in grave crimes such as murder, attempt to murder and hurt cases.

Special teams in each district have been mandated with the task of arresting 150 such criminals interspersed in the zone, with the objective of checking crimes. The teams have been strengthened with adequate manpower and vehicles to pin down 12 murder case accused; 45 persons cited as accused in attempt to murder cases, and 96 persons accused in hurt cases. Thanjavur district alone accounts for the maximum number of identified criminals, police sources said.

Sustained efforts over a period of time enabled the law enforcers to apprehend a good number of absconding hurt case accused in Tiruchi Range, comprising Tiruchi Rural, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Ariyalur and Karur districts. The figures of the number of absconding accused involved in hurt cases which used to be in triple digits earlier in Tiruchi Range had now been brought to single digit, say the authorities, adding that in some cases, the police had clues on the whereabouts of the absconders.

Simultaneously, the police authorities have taken the assistance of the Foreigner’s Regional Registration Officer at Chennai and the Regional Passport Officer to track down criminals who were abroad. The details of the suspects living abroad have been furnished with the office of the Chief Immigration Officer at Chennai.

At a recent meeting with the Deputy Inspector Generals of Police of Tiruchi and Thanjavur Ranges and the Superintendents of Police of districts falling within the Zone, the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone Karan Singha took stock of the progress made on this front so far.

Police sources said unit officers of every district were specifically instructed to ensure that the subordinate field level officers carried out night rounds and conducted checks in lodges and bus stands to nab the criminals.