Following bomb attacks in Puducherry that raised serious concern among people, a meeting between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry police has been convened to discuss ways and means to put an end to the activities of the anti-social elements operating in the border areas.

Besides a number of bomb threat calls to residents, mainly demanding “mamool,” four incidents of bomb attack were reported within a short span of time in Puducherry.

A notorious criminal, Jegan, of Thengaithittu was killed in one of the bomb attacks by a gang, which waylaid a police van carrying the victim to jail after he was produced in a court here recently.

Police here believe that anti-social elements, who operate from the porous borders between Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, have been using hideouts in Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur districts for hatching plans. Most of the criminals involved in the recent incidents fled to areas in Tamil Nadu after committing crimes in Puducherry.

Speaking to The Hindu , the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (Law and Order), Puducherry, I.D. Shukla, said that the Inter-State meeting became necessary to curb the activities of nefarious elements. A plan for the coordination meeting was being worked out.

It would be held soon. The meet would discuss the details of anti-social elements, their recent activities, hideouts, network, movements, explosive dealers, etc.

The focus of the meeting would be to share intelligence inputs.

He added that a framework would be finalised for the regular interaction with senior police officials of bordering districts between Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.

On the recent incidents of bomb attack, Mr. Shukla said that concerted efforts were on to arrest all those involved in the incidents and to put an end to gang rivalry. As many as 40 persons have been arrested in connection with various incidents in Puducherry.

All options would be explored to control their activities.

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