Madurai

9 booked for attack on CBI sleuths

Nine persons, including the Superintendent of Central Excise Department, Ashok Raja and another employee, Krishnan, were booked for attempt to murder and dacoity over the attack on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths here on Friday night.

The police said all the accused were still absconding with the documents relating to the “trap” laid for the two Central Excise employees who had “demanded and accepted” Rs. 75,000 as bribe from a cable television network operator from Nagamalai Pudukottai.

Two CBI sleuths, Inspector, R. Murugan and Head Constable Balachandra Pillai, who sustained bleeding injuries in the attack by an unidentified armed gang were undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Evidence destroyed

The police said that the assailants also whisked away the trapped Central government employees from the custody of the CBI along with the bribe money and a few documents after destroying some evidence of the “trap”.

Based on a complaint lodged by Mr. Murugan, the Tallakulam police had registered a case of rioting, criminal trespass, assaulting government official to deter him from discharging his duty, attempt to murder, dacoity and criminal intimidation.

The team of five CBI sleuths, comprising three Inspectors, were taken by surprise when the armed gang barged into the office room where the statements of “bribery case” accused were being recorded. Though the police claimed that the identity of the gang was yet to be established, a city police team enquired with the staff members of a school in the city in this connection.

Absconding

The police said that a key management person of the school was absconding.

The city police said that the Central investigation team had not sought police security during the “trap”.



The accused include two employees of Central Excise Department



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