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Police crack down on extortionists, rowdy elements

By Our Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE, FEB. 10. The Cuddalore Superintendent of Police, S. Panneer Selvam, has said a list of rowdy elements in the district had been compiled for taking speedy action against them.

So far, 257 such persons had been identified and combing operations had been launched to bring them to book. They have been classified into three categories, with the first category consisting of those indulging in extra-constitutional methods (katta panchayats) and waylaying victims.

Mr. Selvam told reporters here on Wednesday that 20 such persons had been identified, and they would be arrested under Goondas Act. The rest would be detained under Section 110 of the Criminal Procedure Code, in which they would give an undertaking either before the Revenue Divisional Officer or the Sub-Collector concerned that they would not indulge in any anti-social activity for two years.

Any violation of this binding would be taken seriously, and action initiated accordingly. The Superintendent of Police further noted that the second category consisted of those who charge exorbitant interest on loans and grab the lands of the borrowers for settlement. Such type of land grabbing was on the rise in the district.

Citing an instance, he said that at Aavinangudi, a lender grabbed the property worth Rs. 3 lakhs of a borrower by forging the signature, for having just lent Rs. 15,000.

Therefore, in the third category, the police would include those persons who would be buying property at abnormally low prices, far below the market prices.

For this, the police would keep a vigil on transfers of property through the Sub-Registrar offices.

If a property were sold at a throwaway price, it meant that certain element of force was involved in this transaction. The police would deal with such cases as a dispute between the complainant and the accused, regardless of the political leanings.

Reward for tracing boy

The police officer said the police had been making tireless efforts to trace the three-year-old boy, Thalha from Uthagamandalam, who was saved from the tsunami on December 26,2004, but has gone missing ever since. The police all over the State had been alerted.

He said the boy's uncle, Umar Farooq, was ready to pay a reward of Rs. 1 lakh to those who would give information on the whereabouts of the boy. The boy came along with his family in a car to the Silver Beach on the Black Sunday and when the members were disembarking from the vehicle, the tsunami washed them away. The boy was rescued by the police and sent in an ambulance to the government hospital, and later a "missing" case was registered. The police officer gave an assurance that whoever provided information on the boy (cell phone number 98429-14666) would be suitably rewarded.

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