A Maduravoil Police Station was chasing two robbers involved in looting a jewellery shop.
Jaipur: A police inspector from Chennai, identified as Periyapandi, was shot dead by thieves in Rampura village of Pali district in Rajasthan on Wednesday. Another inspector, Muni Sekar, sustained serious bullet injuries and was admitted in a hospital for treatment. His condition is stated to be critical, but stable.
Periyapandi is survived by two sons, one of who is studying at Chennai Loyola College and another studying in Class 8.
The inspector was leading a team from the Maduravoil Police Station in Chennai to catch some robbers involved in looting a jewellery shop in Chennai’s Kolathur area. The robbers were traced, but as soon as they saw the team, they ambushed the policemen and opened indiscriminate firing.
Periyandi sustained bullet injuries and later succumbed. Senior police officials including Pali SP reached the spot and ordered a massive manhunt for the shooters. Some suspects have been rounded up, sources said.
According to preliminary information, the team had arrived in a village near Rampura area to catch two robbers. It was yet unclear whether the team requested back-up from the local police to arrest the accused men.
The shooting took place around 2.30 am.
“It has come up during preliminary investigation that who had drilled a hole on the roof top of a jewelry shop in Rajamanagalam and looted around 3.5 kilograms of gold on November 16. The team had traced the criminals to Rajasthan. They were in Pali district. On seeing the team approaching, the robbers opened fire. The inspector fell unconscious due to excessive bleeding when he was shot. He later died,” said a police officer.
The two robbery suspects were identified as Nathuram (28), native of Pali district in Rajasthan and Dinesh Chowdary (20) of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan. SP, Pali Deepak Bhargav and other senior police officers reached the spot. “We have launched a search for the shooters who escaped after the firing,” he said.
According to media reports from Chennai, the shop owned by Mukesh, was closed for lunch on November 16. When Mukesh returned around 4 in the evening, he was shocked to find 3.5 kilograms of gold, 4.5 kg of silver and Rs 2 lakh in cash missing along with the CCTV cameras installed in the shop.
The two suspects had conducted a recee of the shop earlier by posing as prospective tenants. They asked Mukesh if the shop was available for rent to open a textile business. They paid some money in advance. The two men were identified with the CCTV footage available from the nearby buildings and are suspected to be involved in similar cases in other districts.
Based on a tip off, a special team was formed and sent to Rajasthan where they nabbed the four men from a village in Pali district in Rajasthan.