CHENNAI: In a bid to bring down the crime rate, the Chennai City Police launched a storming operation for the second successive day and detained nearly 500 people on various charges.
Police sources said as part of the operation, carried out on the directions of Chennai City Police Commissioner A K Viswanathan in the wake increasing incidents of chain and mobile phone snatching incidents, police intensified patrolling across the city.
The operations, which started last night continued till the early hours of Wednesday.
Special teams split into various parts of the city and conducted vehicle checks and searches in hotels and lodges in a bid to arrest history sheeters, who were on the run, and execute the Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) issued against them by the courts.
During the night-long operation, 442 people on suspicious grounds and 20 people against whom NBWs were pending, were arrested.
The sources said during the operation, seven absconding criminals were arrested, while 95 people were detailed under Sec 109, 110 of CrPC.
A total of 53 people were arrested on charges of drunken driving.