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Man who attacked cop shot dead in police encounter
Sending a strong message to the anti-social elements in the city, the Chennai police on Tuesday night shot and killed a suspect in Taramani area. He was wanted in connection with the attack on a policeman on Monday night in Royapettah.
The deceased was identified as A Anandan, 25, of Royapettah. He had 13 cases including five attempt to murder cases registered against him. He is married with two kids.
“Yes, he was shot dead,” Chennai City Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan confirmed when DTNext contacted him. According to the official version of the incident, a team, led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Sudarshan had secured Anandan from his hideout in Sholinganallur and was taken to Taramani area, where he had reportedly hidden weapons. There, the police team was searching for weapons but Anandan refused to disclose the spot.
Later in the night, around 8.30 pm, Anandan created a distraction by pointing towards a bush and the Sub Inspector of Mylapore police station directed his search party there. Anandan immediately seized his chance and attacked him, leaving the SI injured in the left arm.
In the chaos, the Assistant Commissioner opened fire, killing the suspect on the spot. The incident occurred near Central Polytechnic Institute in Taramani
behind the IIT Madras campus.
His body was later shifted to the Royapettah GH for autopsy. Anandan was one of 10 men who had attacked Rajavel of Royapettah police station on Monday night when he confronted them while they were consuming alcohol at the PM Dargah area in Royapettah.
Police on Tuesday morning had said that they had arrested six men and added that they were on the lookout for four others. This is the first encounter in the past six years in Chennai after five suspected bank robbers of north Indian origin were shot dead in Velachery in February 2012 when JK Tripathi was the City Police Commissioner.