Karunanidhi health: Cops on 24/7 duty at Kauvery Hospital

By Nivedhika Krishnan Published on Jul 31, 2018 01:03 PM IST

Chennai: The police deployed for security purposes at Kauvery Hospital in Alwarpet have been working round-the-clock since Saturday.

Around 200 policemen and 700 Armed Reserve personnel headed by Joint Commissioner, South, T S Anbu, are managing the DMK cadres and general public who are making a beeline to the hospital since veteran leader M Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital.

Anbu is assisted by Deputy Commissioners Saravanan (Mylapore), P Aravindan (T Nagar) and G Shashank Sai (Adyar).

The police said a total of 50 policemen have been roped in as part of security arrangements at the Gopalapuram residence of the DMK president.

The police personnel work in three shifts with the first shift beginning at 8 am. "The personnel work for 8 hours before retiring for the day. But a few men continue to work in 12-hour shifts given the situation," a police personnel said.

The policemen are provided food from nearby eateries, but the place lacks basic facilities like restrooms. Officers alone utilise the facility available inside the hospital complex.

A senior officer said, "Security was beefed up outside Kauvery Hospital and also outside Karunanidhi's residence in Gopalapuram only after cadres resorted to violence Sunday night. Otherwise, the crowd is under control."

On Sunday, security was reviewed periodically under the Deputy Commissioners of Police, Adyar and Mylapore. The officers assessed the situation before ordering additional barricades in front of the hospital.

"Although violence erupted Sunday night, the police effectively managed and brought the situation under control in a couple of minutes," said a senior official.

Pickpockets have field day
Two persons were arrested for petty thefts and police recovered mobilephones worth over Rs 1 lakh from them. The police are also on the lookout for 12 more persons related to pickpocketing.The theives tried to take advantage of the huge crowd waiting outside Kauvery Hospital. The incidents came to light after the police nabbed Jeevarathnam (55) of Tiruchi.

He had reportedly stolen Rs 40,000 from DMK member Surya Raj of Thoothukudi, who was waiting in front of the hospital, on Monday around 11 am.

Subsequently, he lodged a complaint with the Mylapore police station. The policemen apprehended Jeevarathnam and recovered the money from him.

During interrogation, he confided that 12 of his friends had arrived in the city with the intention to pick pockets.

In another incident, Muthukumar (30) of Pudupet was apprehended with the aid of the public. Police recovered five cellphones worth Rs 60,000 from him.