TAMIL NADU

Fundamentalist cell active, says police chief

CHENNAI OCT. 3. The fundamentalist cell is active and the police have a good intelligence network. There is no scope for any problem, by way of fallout of the `Imam Ali shooting episode', the city Police Commissioner, K.Vijay Kumar, said today. The militant and his aides were shot dead in the September 29 Bangalore encounter.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr. Vijay Kumar said ``the residents in Muslim-dominated areas are very cooperative with the police and they readily came forward to give any information''.

On the recent arrest of a Mumbai `dada' in the city, the commissioner said ``there is no big network between gangsters in Chennai and other cities''.

A Madurai report said the police personnel involved in the September 29 Imam Ali operation in Bangalore will be felicitated by the Chief Minister, Jaylalithaa, in Chennai on Friday. Led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, M. Shakeel Akther, and the ACP (Crime), Kalimuthu, the team left for Chennai this evening, according to police sources.

NHRC probe demanded

Our Madurai Staff Reporter reports:

The People's Watch-Tamil Nadu has demanded a probe by the National Human Rights Commission's investigation unit into encounter.

In a petition submitted to the NHRC Chairperson, the executive director of the Madurai-based rights organisation,

Henri Tiphagne, said investigations by a fact-finding team revealed that the operation was a ``well-planned storming of the house, in which the five had been residing, with intent to kill them and not to overpower and arrest them''.

Mr. Tiphagne referred to an interview by a police constable on TV saying he had killed Imam Ali by throwing a large stone on his head.

This account was contradictory to the ``encounter theory of the police''.

No perceptible action was taken against the police personnel, who were escorting Imam Ali and Hyder Ali when they escaped from custody at Tirumangalam in this district on March 7.

Hyder Ali was recaptured soon after.

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