SALEM: The Tamil Nadu police on Wednesday produced Saravanan Gownder, a poacher who has earned the sobriquet Veerappan-2 or Junior Veerappan, before the Mettur Revenue Divisional Officer before handing him over to the Mettur Forest Range Officer S Shanmugam.
Sources said Saravanan, who was nabbed on Tuesday, was produced before the RDO as per Section 109 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. This is a formality of getting a good conduct declaration from a suspect.
He was subsequently remanded in judicial custody in connection with an ivory poaching case registered in March 2010.
A team of officials from the Karnataka Forest Department from Kollegal Wild Life Division, which arrived here on learning about Saravanan’s arrest did not get access to him and left disappointed. Saravanan and his gang members are facing six cases in the neighbouring State.
Saravanan was picked by the Kolathur Police Inspector N Manoharan on Tuesday following media reports about his presence in his native village Oojakorai.
He is the third accused in the case which involved poaching of six ivory tusks weighing 16.45 kgs at Tharkaddu Forest pocket in the interstate border in Kolathur block. Alagesan and Aruchami, the first and second accused, have been arrested and are facing trial.
The fourth accused, Selvam of M Kalipatti, was absconding and is said to have died recently. Mettur Deputy Superintendent of Police M Ravikumar said there are only two cases against Saravanan in Kolathur police limits.