CHENNAI: The Rajasthan police has booked the Tamil Nadu police inspector Munisekar on charges of causing death by negligence in the case of his colleague inspector Periyapandi's killing. Periyapandi was initially claimed to have been shot dead on Tuesday night by the locals in Rajasthan when a special team from Tamil Nadu police was trying to nab the suspects in a gold heist case hiding in a village in Rajasthan's Pali district.
However, on Saturday Rajasthan police said the forensic tests have confirmed that the bullet that killed Periyapandi belonged to Munisekar's pistol, not Periyapandi's pistol as initially claimed by the Tamil Nadu police team. Subsequently, now Munisekar has been booked under section 304A of IPC.
According to sources, the Rajasthan police believes that Munisekar was trying to fire at the locals who were pelting stones on the police team on Tuesday night, but lost control in the meele and the bullet hit his colleague Periayapandi killing him on the spot.
The Rajasthan police had already recorded Munisekar's statement. Interestingly, it was based on Munisekar's complaint that the first case against the locals was registered and Munisekar has claimed that one of the locals managed to snatch Periyapandi's gun and shot Periayapandi from close range.
The Rajasthan police recovered the empty cartridge and two 9 mm pistols from the crime scene. It started the investigations based on the forensic tests of these pistols. Munisekar, who was also injured in the incident after allegedly attacked by locals using iron rods, returned Chennai on Saturday.
The team that had gone 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 Rajamanagalam and looted around 3.5 kg of gold on November 16.
The Tamil Nadu police team had gone to a village in Pali district of Rajasthan on Tuesday late night to arrest the suspects when they were allegedly attacked by locals who pelted stones.