Papanasam firing incident unexpected, says Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today described as "unexpected" the incident in Papanasam where a sub-inspector was killed after a security guard opened fire.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi today described as "unexpected" the incident in
Papanasam where a sub-inspector was killed after a security
guard opened fire.

Karunanidhi announced a compensation of Rs seven lakh to
the family of slain sub-inspector Panneerselvam and employment
to a kin.

He said the incident was a result of a gun in possession
of persons who were "reckless or short-tempered".

Replying to a special call attention motion moved by
Congress, PMK, CPI (M) and CPI, the Chief Minister said
Rajendran, security guard at an ATM in Papanasam, had fired
from a double-barrel gun yesterday.

There was an altercation between the guard and four
persons as they wanted to withdraw money from the ATM even as
cash was being loaded, he said.

"The altercation continued and more people came there and
seeing this, he fired three rounds, injuring four persons. The
locals immediately pushed him into the ATM centre and locked
the shutter," he said giving details of the incident.

Karunanidhi said a police team headed by the Papanasam
inspector rushed to the spot and rescued Rajendran. The
inspector recovered the gun from him and gave it to
Panneerselvam. However, Rajendran snatched the weapon and
fired at him, he said adding the SI was pronounced "brought
dead" at a nearby government hospital.

He said an incident like this should not be seen as
dangerous work situation for police.

PTI

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