Businessman admitted to hospital

Vijayakar, a businessman who brandished a pistol and threatened to commit suicide in an 11-hour drama on Wednesday, was admitted to the Institute of Mental Health, Ayanavaram on Thursday.

Police took the 46-year-old to the institute following court orders.

Vijayakar created a stir on Poonamallee High Road when, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, he locked himself into his first-floor rented apartment and brandished a pistol through a window, threatening to first pull the trigger on onlookers, and later on himself. Police said a longstanding dispute with representatives of his apartment complex sparked the standoff. He was lynched and nabbed around 9 p.m. by an angry mob and police officers just outside his complex, as he was attempting to flee in a car, along with his female companion. Vijayakar was booked under seven sections of the Indian Penal Code, including attempt to murder. On Wednesday night, he was first taken to hospital and later produced before a magistrate at the latter’s residence in Gopalapuram and then sent to Puzhal prison. — Staff Reporter