Thiruvananthapuram

City sees special combing drive

182 people arrested in non-bailable cases and 257 held for bailable offences

Several long-standing absconders and history-sheeters were brought to book by the Thiruvananthapuram City police during a day-long special combing drive.

The citywide crackdown, which began at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, witnessed as many as 182 people being arrested in non-bailable cases and 257, for bailable offences. Theses included those who were accused in murder and attempt-to-murder cases. According to District Police Chief (Thiruvananthapuram City) Sanjay Kumar Gurudin, as many as 39 persons among those arrested in non-bailable cases had been involved in long-pending warrants. Two habitual offenders — Mithun of Kazhakuttam and Kiran of Nemom — were arrested under provisions of the Kerala Antisocial Activities (Prevention) Act (KAAPA). The police also arrested 55 people who have been involved in antisocial activities as a preventive measure.

Among various cases, Mithun alias Unni, 25, of Kumazhikkara, near Kazhakuttam, has been accused of assaulting a KSRTC bus conductor and vandalising the vehicle. He was apparently irked that the bus did not halt at a particular stop. He has been been accused of manhandling two women at Kazhakuttam and hacking a youth in his locality.

The police have also placed under surveillance 66 people who were freed recently after serving jail terms for various crimes, including murder and involvement in political violence.

Suo motu cases

As many as 202 people were arrested at various police stations in suo motu cases registered for public consumption of liquor, brawls, affray, drunk driving, and crimes under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act and Abkari Act. They were subsequently let off on bail after being booked.

The combing operation finds relevance in the wake of several cases of violence borne out of gang rivalry reported within the City police limits last month. Law enforcement agencies had come under severe criticism for their alleged lackadaisical attitude in reining in antisocial activities.

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