Cops Chase Supari Killer, Nab Him

Published: 30th November 2015 04:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th November 2015 04:10 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: As if it were a scene straight out of a Kollywood masala, khaki-clad policemen gave a supari killer hot chase in the outskirts of Madurai on Sunday. And contrary to the masala stuff where the hardcore criminal gives the cops a slip, police in the real world managed to nab him after about an hour.

A seven-member team from the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU) carried out their job in a cinematic fashion and arrested M Raja alias ‘Kattai’ Raja (36) of Tiruvarur district.

They chased him for about an hour on two bikes and a four-wheeler while he was trying to escape on a two-wheeler in Samayanallur. 

Raja.jpgAccording to the police, ‘Kattai’ Raja is an accused in 14 cases  - 10 murder and four robbery cases. Also, 12 warrants are pending against him on various criminal cases in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore and Chennai.

After OCIU Inspector R Chockalingam and Sub-Inspector, A Jaishankar, received a tip-off that Raja was in the city, they formed a seven-member team to nab him.

While four police personnel followed him on two motorcycles, the rest followed him in a four-wheeler in civilian clothes while he was on his way to Paravai to meet his younger brother Selvam. As he was crossing Kodaneri village tank, the team surrounded him and asked him to surrender. When he fled the spot, they gave a hot chase and caught him after about an hour. They also seized a pistol, six bullets and a knife.

A senior police officer said that Raja’s mother died when he was 12 years old and unable to bear his step mother’s torture, he ran away from home. While he was working in a tea shop in Dindigul, he came in contact with a notorious rowdy ‘Karadi’ Pandi. Initially, he acted as his henchman and later started taking contracts on his own. After ‘Karadi’ Pandi was killed in an encounter, he rose to become gang leader.

Criminal to the Core

Raja is an accused in 14 cases — 10 murder and four robbery related

12 warrants are pending against him on various criminal cases in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore and Chennai

Has been evading arrest since 2011

Goondas Act was slapped twice against him

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