CHENNAI: A man was arrested for allegedly threatening the wife of an Anti-Gangster Squad inspector at his official residence in Ashok Nagar earlier this month.
Anti-Gangster squad police, on specific information, picked up Sivakumar (37) from his hideout. He was from Kodambakkam and police said he had 32 cases, including murder, arson and car thefts, in several police stations in the city. It was during his interrogation on Friday that police learnt about his threat to the policeman’s family.
He was handed over to Abhiramapuram police for further action in the threat case.
On May 3, Sivakumar wearing a helmet barged into the house of Anti-Gangster squad inspector M Sivaramkumar. Brandishing a knife, he threatened the inspector’s wife Sivakami barely minutes after the inspector had left for work.
Sivakumar reportedly told her that he would not hesitate to kill her husband if he continued to harass him by summoning him for interrogation which he claimed was needless.
A startled Sivakami raised an alarm which brought the neighbours to her house. Their attempt to nab Sivakumar was in vain and he sped away on his two-wheeler.
Sivakami later informed her husband and filed a complaint with Ashok Nagar Police station.
“He was booked in 2012 after he allegedly murdered his accomplice Rajendran after a tiff on sharing the spoils from burglary and was detained under the Goondas Act four times. He has been convicted ten times for his crimes,” said a senior police official.
Police officials claimed that preliminary probe suggested that Sivakumar could also be part of the red sanders smuggling racket as the inspector was also part of the team that seized three tonnes of red sanders worth `5 crore from a carrom board manufacturing unit in Jafferkhanpet a few weeks ago.
The arrested man impersonated as a lawyer and extorted 15 sovereigns from a leading jeweller on CP Ramasamy Road two weeks ago.
Police personel allegedly found machetes, `5 lakh worth jewellery believed to have been stolen and a two-wheeler from his possession.