MADURAI: The city police have arrested three persons including a Central Excise superintendent in connection with a case wherein CBI officials were attacked by an armed gang at the Central Excise office recently.
The arrested were E Sami (55), SP in the Central Excise department and also the founder-chairman of a private school in the city, and R Muthupandi (34), who is working as a driver in the same school. The Police have also arrested M Saravanan of Mullai Nagar. Five special teams were formed to nab the others accused.
On a complaint from Muruganantham, a cable TV operator from Nagalamai Pudukottai, a five-member CBI team led by inspector R Murugan had laid a trap to catch the tainted Central Excise staff red-handed.
The trap fructified, and the CBI sleuths were inquiring Ashok Raj, a Superintendent with the Central Excise, and havildhar N Krishnan, when an armed gang barged into the office and assaulted Murugan and CBI head constable Balachandra Pillai. The assailants relieved the duo from the CBI custody and also seized evidence.
Tallakulam police filed a case against nine persons including Ashok Raja and Krishnan for attempted murder, rioting, dacoity and criminal trespass.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Madurai Bench of Madras high court dismissed two Habeas Corpus Petitions in connection with the case.