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History-sheeter gunned down in Chennai

Chief Minister vows to end rowdyism

- R. Sivaraman

The Chennai police gunned down a 48-year-old historyshe­eter, Shankar, when he allegedly attacked a police constable with a knife on New Avadi Road in the early hours of Friday.

Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswam­i told journalist­s in Namakkal that stern legal action would be taken against those indulging in rowdyism. “Tamil Nadu leads in maintainin­g law and order in the country. Rowdies will be suppressed and the government will take stern legal action against persons indulging in rowdyism,” he said.

Police said Shankar, of Ayanavaram, had 51 criminal cases against him, including three for murder and four for attempt to murder, besides cases of extortion and selling ganja, police said. Police said a team led by Ayanavaram inspector

Natarajan had detained Shankar in connection with cases related to murder and possession of ganja. At 6.30 a.m., he was taken to recover contraband, which was concealed in the debris dumped on a vacant plot near the Ayanavaram RTO on New Avadi Road.

According to Additional Commission­er of Police, (South) R.Dhinakaran, Shankar took a knife and attacked constable Mubarak in a bid to escape.

Mr. Natarajan opened fire on Shankar, and the bullets hit his chest and stomach.

He was taken to the Government Kilpauk Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Injured constable Mubarak has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

Police said Shankar had been detained under the Goondas Act on nine occasions. He was acquitted from a few cases. He was recently involved in the attack on a Congress functionar­y and the owner of a supermarke­t, police said.

City Police Commission­er Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal visited Mr. Mubarak in hospital. Mr. Aggarwal told The Hindu that Shankar was a history-sheeter and was absconding.

Five non-bailable warrants had been issued against him.

“We are going to deal with rowdys legally and are executing NBWs, following up on their cases in the courts. If required, we will detain them under the Goondas Act,” he said.

A magisteria­l inquiry has been ordered to look into the circumstan­ces which led to the killing of Shankar. Police are investigat­ing how Shankar had obtained a COVID-19 e-pass.

 ?? B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM ■ ?? Police officials inspecting the place where Shankar was shot dead early on Friday.
B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM ■ Police officials inspecting the place where Shankar was shot dead early on Friday.

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