CHENNAI: The Rajasthan police on Thursday said it has sent the pistol from which the fatal bullet was fired at police inspector S Periyapandi, for forensic examination and they are yet to ascertain who the shooter was.
While Tamil Nadu police sources had said it was a local in Rampura village in Rajasthan’s Pali district who shot dead Periyapandi using his own pistol, Rajasthan police, which is investigating the case, said they cannot comment on it and are also probing if Periyapandi was caught in a misfire.
“We have recorded the statement of inspector Munisekar, who was also present at the spot. We have got some clues and are further probing,” said a senior police officer in Pali district.
While it was initially said the killer had used Periyapandi’s own weapon, Rajasthan police officials said they are yet to confirm it.
Periyapandi was part of a special team that went to Rajasthan to trace two of the main suspects in a gold heist in Chennai - C Nathuram (28) and Dinesh Chowdary (20).
The Tamil Nadu police team had gone to the village on Tuesday late night to arrest the suspects when they were allegedly attacked by locals by pelting stones. One of them managed to get hold of inspector Periyapandi’s weapon and fired at him. Inspector Munisekar also suffered injuries and was hospitalised.
The Rajasthan police recovered the empty cartridge and two 9 mm pistols from the crime scene. Also, an FIR has been filed against eight persons, including Nathuram and five women.
Meanwhile, a team of Chennai police officers had reached Rajasthan and met their counterparts there who are probing the incident.
Probing the gold heist case
Periyapandi was part of a special team that went to Rajasthan to trace two of the main suspects in a gold heist in Chennai - C Nathuram (28) and Dinesh Chowdary (20). The burglars had drilled a hole in the roof of a jewellery shop at Kolathur and looted around 3.5 kg of gold on November 16