Chennai: Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday said it
would deal mercilessly with those who indulge in kidnapping
and police would keep a vigil on all schools, especially in
cities, to prevent such incidents.
A day after police in an alleged encounter shot dead the
main accused in the kidnapping and murder of two children in
Coimbatore, the deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin said no mercy
would be shown to those indulge in such a crime.
Replying to a special call attention motion by the
Opposition on kidnapping incidents and the encounter, Stalin
in the state Assembly said apart from monitoring all schools,
police would also be patrolling school areas during morning
and evening on a regular basis.
He said the government has advised the police, education
and transport departments to work together and take
precautionary measures for the safety of students.
The deputy CM emphasised on creating awareness among
students to thwart kidnapping attempt and said school
authorities must discuss with parents the safety of their
Claiming that from 2006 till this September, state police
had cracked all the 201 abduction cases which were registered,
he said most of the cases were related to love affairs.
On the Coimbatore encounter, he said the accused had
snatched a pistol from a escorting policeman and started
firing at him and other personnel. Police in turn fired at him
and in the process the person died, he said.
He said a judicial magistrate would conduct an inquiry
into the incident. Mohanraj was shot dead when he tried to
escape from police custody by opening fire, while being taken
to a place near Pollachi where he had thrown 11-year-old
Muskin and her brother Ritik Jain (7) into a canal after
allegedly raping the girl.
Close on the heels of the Coimbatore incident, a
13 year-old student, son of a businessman, was abducted at
knife point in Chennai early this month. However, the boy was
released after payment of Rs one crore ransom on November 2
while his alleged abductors - two engineering graduates - were
arrested a day later and the ransom amount recovered from