Was Chennai police's storming operation a failure?

By Nivedhika Krishnan Published on Jul 05, 2018 02:59 PM IST

Anandan who was shot dead in an encounter.

Chennai: The police encounter of A Anandan on Tuesday night, that came two days after the storming operation was concluded last week, throws light on the 15-day-long drive.

The exercise saw over 2,000 cops involved in routine vehicle checks, aimed at prevention of crimes and apprehending local rowdies.

As many as over 5,000 men were held and released on bail including repeat offenders. The operation, titled 'Crime Prevention Team', continued till 30 June.

A local inspector said, "After the storming operation, the police prepared an updated list containing repeat and new offenders across all police districts."

The new list also includes the offences committed by criminals irrespective of the police limits.

"The lists maintained before the operation had offenders who committed offence in a particular limit. It never came to our knowledge if the accused in my limit committed offence in other places. The new list fills the gaps that existed in the mechanism," he said.

Further, the higher officials gave the authority to arrest or detain accused belonging to other police limits as part of prevention of crimes.

Constable Rajavelu undergoing treatment in a hospital.

Another official said, "It is a routine exercise for police to maintain offenders lists and classify them based on the gravity of offences."

"The attack on constable Rajavelu could have been averted if the police had arrested rowdies during the storming operation. The effectiveness of the drive has been called into question," a retired IPS officer said.

It was reported that departmental action was taken against Royapettah inspector Vijayarangan for not effectively carrying out the storming operation and also for sending a beat officer on night patrol without equipping him adequately.

A reliable source said a report has been sought from the State Intelligence sleuths containing details of history-sheeters.