During this exercise, the police had also seized seven country-made guns and 1,110 sickles from the arrested persons. The ongoing storming operation was a result of beheading incidents in southern Tamil Nadu during the last few weeks.
A statement from the state police headquarters said that across the State, the whereabouts of 21,592 history sheeters and criminals were verified. Of that, 3,325 were arrested. As many as 2,526 were released based on a peace bond signed by them.
The large-scale operation, arrests and seizure of weapons followed the four beheadings that took place recently in Dindigul and Tirunelveli districts. According to sources, the DGP, in high-level meetings with police officers held at Madurai and Tirunelveli, gave instructions to investigate all murder cases that are even 10 years old. He also called upon the officers to conduct routine raids at the residences and premises of known rowdies in these districts and to intensify night patrolling.