Mild tension prevailed at Gummidipoondi on Wednesday after some police personnel from Guduvanchery attempted to arrest a PMK functionary, mistaking him to be an accused in a theft case.
A team from the Guduvanchery police station, led by inspector Venkatachalam arrived at Gummidipoondi to take the accused, Ramesh, the son of Sivalingam, into custody, the police said. They inquired about Ramesh’s whereabouts with some customers in a tea shop. Since the team had arrived in an ordinary vehicle and were in mufti, the customers thought they were referring to another Ramesh, a state executive member of the PMK, as he was well-known in the locality.
On Wednesday morning, the team went to the PMK functionary’s house and after asking him what his name was, attempted to arrest him claiming that he was wanted in a criminal case. This was when another accused who was in the car the team was using, told the police that they had the wrong man.
Meanwhile, the PMK man’s supporters and neighbours got into a heated argument with the cops for over an hour. Later, inspector Ashok Mehta intervened and solved the issue.