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Gang opens fire on villagers lifting sand from lake

The bullock, which was shot at on its face by unidentified persons at Veeramur Lake in Kedar in Villupuram district.

The bullock, which was shot at on its face by unidentified persons at Veeramur Lake in Kedar in Villupuram district.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Bull injured in the indiscriminate firing

A bull was injured after unidentified persons indiscriminately opened fire on a group of villagers illegally lifting sand from a lake at Kedar near Gingee in Villupuram district on Sunday.

The bull sustained bullet injuries on its face and was taken to a veterinary hospital in the area.

The Villupuram police have formed seven special teams to nab the culprits.

According to the police, Krishnamoorthy, 43, a bullock cart owner from Kedar along with four others was illegally lifting sand from the Veeramur Lake on Sunday.

Around, 4 a.m., the group saw a vehicle approaching them. Presuming that revenue officials and police authorities were in the vehicle, the villagers hid themselves behind the bushes near the lake.

The gang alighted from the car and opened fire indiscriminately on the villagers and the bullock carts. Soon after the gang left, the villagers returned at dawn.

They were shocked to find that one of the bulls of Krishnamoorthy which was tethered to a cart, had been shot at on its face.

The bull, which was bleeding profusely, was taken to a veterinary hospital in the area.

Road blockade

On information, the bullock cart owners along with residents of Kedar village resorted to a road blockade on the Villupuram-Tiruvannamalai Road demanding action against the gang that opened fire on them.

Senior police officials led by Superintendent of Police S. Jeyakumar rushed to the spot and pacified them following which they withdrew their protest.

When contacted Mr. Jeyakumar ruled out the involvement of police personnel in the firing on the villagers.

“We are probing various angles including whether there was any internal dispute between Krishnamoorthy and others over lifting sand.

“Kedar has a sizeable population of ex-servicemen and serving military personnel.

“The agricultural farms in the region are also frequented by wild boars and poachers are also suspected to be involved. We have constituted seven special teams and will nab the culprits soon,” he said.

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