THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The City Police on Monday nabbed from his hideout, a notorious criminal under the Goonda Act. According to the Poojappura police, Sreejith alias Unni, son of Vijayakumar of Mangarathalaveedu, near Punnakamugal, Poojappura, was arrested after he went into hiding following the District Collector ordering his preventive detention.
“He was earlier booked and imprisoned under the Goonda Act around five times. But after every imprisonment, he had engaged in serious crimes along with his various gang members. It was found that people were hesitant to file complaints against him as they were scared,” said the police.
“But following the launch of Operation Kubera and other such operations, many complaints were filed against Sreejith. This is the reason for the action against him under the Goonda Act for the sixth time. This is the first time that preventive detention against a single person been ordered six times,” said the police.
Sreejith was earlier booked for 15 attempt to murder cases, threatening and burglary at Poojappura station. The latest action was taken by DCP Ajeetha Begum who had recommended it to District Collector Biju Prabhakar, following the widespread complaints against him.
The arrest was following a tip-off received by City Commissioner H Venkatesh regarding Sreejith’s hideout on Monday. He was arrested after the police team foiled his attempt to commit suicide when the team entered his hideout. Later, another case was registered against him for the suicide attempt.
The investigation team comprised Museum Circle Inspector G L Ajith Kumar, Poojappura SI R Rajesh and Shadow Police personnel.