Gangster killed in encounter

Staff Reporter

This is the fifth encounter death in the Central Zone in the last three years

TIRUCHI: Notorious gangster R. Senthil alias ‘Kurangu’ Senthil (27) was killed in an encounter with the police near Tiruverambur on the city’s outskirts in the early hours on Friday.

This is the fifth encounter death in the Central Zone in the last three years.

A close associate of gangster ‘Manalmedu’ Shanker, who was killed in an encounter in Pudukottai district a couple of years ago, Senthil was allegedly involved in murder, attempt to murder and robbery cases in various places in the State.

An engineering drop-out, Senthil was one of the accused in the murder of DMK’s Tiruvarur district secretary Poondi Kalaiselvan at Koradachery in 2007.

Senthil, who had been absconding for more than a year, and one ‘Kora’ Natarajan had planned to eliminate DMK district secretary of Tiruvarur Poondi Kalaivanan, the brother of Kalaiselvan, and Ammapettai union DMK secretary Thiaga Suresh, Inspector General of Police, Enforcement and IG (in-charge) of Central Zone, J.K. Tripathy told the media here on Friday.

The Thanjavur police received inputs about the plot to eliminate Kalaivanan and Thiaga Suresh, an accused involved in a double murder case registered in Nachiarkoil police station in Thanjavur district in 2008, upon interrogating one Viji alias Swaminathan in connection with a case on October 1, he said.

Based on the information, Ammapettai police station Inspector S. Karthikeyan and Head Constable Sridharan went in search of Senthil and ‘Kora’ Natarajan.

On spotting Senthil riding a motorcycle near Tiruverambur bridge in the early hours, they tried to intercept him.

Hot pursuit

The IG said Senthil took the Vengur Road and the police personnel in a jeep intercepted him. Senthil lobbed a country bomb at the police party as they tried to nab him. The country pistol and two cartridges fell from his possession as Senthil lobbed another country bomb at the police personnel, he said.

Subsequently, Senthil attacked Inspector Karthikeyan on his left shoulder with an aruval.

Inspector acts in time

He also tried to attack the Head Constable when the Inspector, after sounding a warning, opened two rounds of fire from his service pistol at Senthil who fell down.

The Inspector and the Constable took Senthil to the Annal Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in the city where he succumbed, the IG said. The Tiruverambur police has registered a case under Explosives Act on a complaint from Inspector Karthikeyan.