NAMAKKAL: In a covert operation, a special team of the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit (OCIU) from Chennai, attached to the Special Branch-CID (SB-CID), nabbed a gang of four suspected to have been involved in high profile crimes from Namakkal on Saturday. The team, led by Saravanan, Superintendent of Police (SP), OCIU, Chennai, laid siege to a multi-storeyed house at Chinnaveppanatham on Namakkal-Tiruchy Road here in the morning. One among the gang tried to escape by jumping off the second floor, but was chased and caught by the sleuths as he tried to take shelter in another house.
“Several policemen in plain clothes surrounded the house. A man jumped off the building and tried to escape but the police nabbed him,” an eyewitness told Express. The intelligence sleuths whisked the man, who had hurt his leg, away in a vehicle. Subsequently, the other three were arrested from a different spot.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that the gang is suspected to have links with an extremist organisation. However, police officials remained tight-lipped about the operation, refusing to divulge any detail on the suspects to the media. OCIU SP Saravanan did not answer questions when contacted over phone.
The local police maintained that they were not aware of any such operation.
Meanwhile, sources said the house where the suspects stayed has been sealed and kept under the vigil of the local police.
Four persons, believed to be in 30s, were staying in the house owned by one Sakunthala for the last 20 days or so. They had rented another house adjacent to the one rounded up by the sleuths.
The four men used luxury cars and two-wheelers. They had told the neighbours they worked in banks and government departments. They used to leave the house in the morning and return in the evening.