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Prime accused in murder case dies in police encounter

V.S. Palaniappan


He opens fire at police

Two Sub-Inspectors injured


— Photos: K. Ananthan

BLOODY END: Body of Mohanraj, accused in the siblings' murder case, killed in an encounter with the police, in Coimbatore on Tuesday. (Right) Commissioner of Police C. Sylendra Babu visiting Sub-Inspector Muthumalai, who is undergoing treatment at Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital for injuries sustained in the encounter.

Coimbatore: The prime accused in the abduction, sexual assault and murder of ten-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother, Mohan alias Mohanraj alias Mohanakrishnan (27), was shot dead in an encounter on the Podanur-Vellalore road around 5.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

On October 29, the former school van driver kidnapped the children of textile merchant Ranjith and Sangeetha of RG Street. The accused was joined by his accomplice Manoharan (23) of Angalakurichi near Pollachi.

The duo had originally planned to seek ransom from the parents but changed their mind subsequently. They sexually assaulted the girl and physically tortured the boy before drowning them in the PAP canal.

The girl's body was recovered near Vavipalayam close to Pongalur, 77 km from the Thirumurthy hills and the boy's body was recovered on Sunday noon.

The police arrested both the accused and cases were registered for abduction, sexual assault and murder besides concealment of evidence.

On Monday (November 8), the police took custody of the accused for investigation. On Tuesday, the police took both of them from the Saravanampatty police station at 5.30 a.m. for identification of the places where they committed the offence.

They were escorted by Inspectors Kanagasabapathy and Annadurai besides Sub-Inspectors Muthumalai and Jothi.

Manoharan was taken in the first vehicle and Mohanraj in the second vehicle.

When the vehicle was crossing the Vellalore compost yard of the Coimbatore Corporation on the Podanur-Vellalore road, Mohanraj allegedly snatched the pistol of Sub-Inspector Jothi and placed it at the head of the Head Constable-cum-driver Annadurai and ordered him to drive towards Kerala. When the driver failed to stop, he opened fire in which Jothi sustained an injury in his right arm, while a bullet pierced the stomach of Sub-Inspector Muthumalai.

Immediately, Muthumalai fired two shots in the head of the accused and Inspector Annadurai opened fire at the chest causing his instant death.

City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu said the police opened fire to prevent the accused from killing the police personnel and to foil his attempt to escape from custody.

Mr. Babu called on the injured police officers at the private hospital.

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