CHENNAI: Sleuths from the City Police arrested two notorious gangsters in a movie hall on West Cott Road in Royapettah on Tuesday. The arrested duo was in possession of sharp weapons besides cash to the tune of Rs 69,500.
Police said the anti-gangster squad in Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the City Police received a tip-off on the duo identified as ‘Boxer’ Murali (38) of Vyasarpadi and Arumugam of Srinivasapuram, who were spotted entering a movie hall on West Cott Road in Royapettah.
The duo have been underground after their release on bail and were searched by police as they failed to fulfil the bail conditions.
According to police, CCB-DCP S Jeyakumar and team comprising of Anti-Gangster Squad ACP Devaraj, surrounded the movie hall.
As the movie was in progress, the team waited till the interval before nabbing the duo from among the crowd.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the duo was sporting ‘Press’ stickers on their two-wheelers to confuse the cops.
Murali is a close associate of notorious gangster ‘Kakathoppu’ Balaji. Murali has at least 15 cases which include three murder cases and four attempts to murder crimes reported in the Greater Chennai Police jurisdiction alone.
He was the prime accused in illicit arrack dealer Indra’s murder reported in M.K.B. Nagar during 2005. He was booked in two more murder cases, one of Sathish in 2007 and the other of Kamesh in 2013, both history-sheeters. Murali has been detained under the Goondas Act three times.
Arumugam was booked in the murder of one Veera reported in Royapettah during 2005. Following their arrest, both of them were remanded to judicial custody.