Staff Reporter

Members asked to report back to parent units and police stations

TIRUCHI: The special police team, which was functioning directly under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police, Central Zone, M.S. Jaffar Sait, was wound up on Thursday. The men and officers attached to the team have been asked to report back to their respective parent units and police stations, police sources here said.

The team headed by an officer in the rank of Superintendent of Police was formed in August last and was entrusted with the task of nabbing criminals who carried out inter-district operations and gangsters involved in murder and other grave crimes across the Central Zone comprising seven districts.

The tenure of the team, which had picked up many criminals allegedly involved in robberies, murders, kidnap for ransom and in `katta panchayats' and were at large, was given an extension till January 31.

Besides nabbing criminals and gangsters, the team was also given the task of cracking unsolved murder cases from 2003 in the zone by coordinating with the local police as the latter had multiple works due to which it could not pay adequate attention on organised crimes and nabbing the gangsters.

Headed by a SP rank officer, the team comprised an Additional Superintendent of Police, three Deputy Superintendents of Police, five Inspectors, 28 Sub-Inspectors and one company of Tamil Special Police comprising about 80 personnel.

Local police to take over

The sources said that every district coming under the Central zone has been directed to form special core teams to nab those involved in grave crimes adding that the local police would take over from now. The team has prepared a comprehensive profile of criminals operating in more than two districts besides small time runners.