CHENNAI: A 36-year-old man, claiming to be an assistant director with a leading Kollywood filmmaker-cum-actor, was arrested on Tuesday night after he reportedly scaled the outer fence of the Indian Air Force Training Base at Tambaram in an inebriated condition.
According to sources,
Abdul Rahman, a native of Perambalur, managed to scale the 12-ft high fence on the Sadanandapuram side of the complex following a binge session with his friend Asokan from Perungalathur. Abdul was on his way to see off Asokan when the duo decided to have a few drinks.
After getting drunk, Abdul went towards the fence ignoring Asokan’s warnings and scaled up the wall. As he climbed down, IAF personnel surrounded and detained him for questioning. Subsequently, Asokan was also arrested.
Sources said Abdul was apparently grilled till Wednesday evening to check if an element of sabotage was behind the trespass. However, the duo insisted that there was no other motive behind the breach and that it was only a result of Abdul turning hyperactive after the drinks.
Though Adbul was later handed over to the Peerkankaranai police, officials said their claims were being verified.
“Abdul, who was heavily drunk, could not even recollect the names of the movies he claimed to have worked with the director”, said a police official privy to the interrogation.
The accused was arrested on charges of trespassing into the defence unit and was remanded in judicial custody. Asokan was let off after the interrogation.
Tambaram Air Force Station that houses a Flying Instructors’ School conducts courses for trainers who in turn instruct rookie pilots in the IAF, the Army, the Navy and the Indian Coast Guard.
On an average, about 30 sorties involving Basic Trainer Aircrafts (BTAs) are conducted from the base in a day.