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Four arrested, arms seized in Murugamalai forest range

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November 7, 2009

THENI: A police special team arrested four persons and seized cash, arms and ammunition in a combing operation in Murugamalai forest range near Periakulam on Friday.

The arrested were Ananda Kumar (20), Manikndan (24) of Usilampatti, Alex Pandian (24) and Selvam (37) of Batlagundu.

Talking to media persons after inspecting the seized materials at Devadhanapatti police station, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dindigul Range) Sandeep Mittal said the accused Ananda Kumar and Alex Pandian brandished country made revolvers when the police team attempted to stop them on suspicion. Two six-chambered country made revolvers, 20 fired cases of .22 revolver, four mobile phones and Rs.25,000 were seized from them, he added.

He clarified that the accused were not Tamil extremists. One of them was a history sheeter and others were first-time offenders. They formed a gang and planned to commit armed robberies and murders in Theni and Dindigul districts, particularly to waylay tourists visiting Kodaikanal at Dum Dum rock area.

Investigation was on to find out whether they had any link with robbers in other districts or in neighbouring States and the sources that supplied weapons and bullets to them.

Already, Ananda Kumar has been facing trial in an illicit weapon possession case in Ezhumalai police station and three more cases on the charge of damage to public properties in Usilampatti town police station.

Gold robbery case solved, 4 held

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TAMBARAM, FEB. 24. The Chengai East police have arrested four persons on charges of robbing 17 kg of jewellery after assaulting two persons near Meenambakkam airport in January and recovered most of the stolen property.

One of them, Devaraj, is an employee of Prakash Gold Palace at Purasawakkam, whose employees were attacked on January 14, when they were returning with the jewels they had bought in Kolkata. The police are searching for one more person.

Briefing reporters at his office today, S. R. Jangid, Inspector-General of Police (North Zone), said a special team detained P.C. Jiten, when he was trying to pledge jewels in a pawnshop at Flower Bazaar on Wednesday evening.

Sandip Mittal, Superintendent of Police, Chengai East police district, received information about Jiten’s movements, as special teams were monitoring jewel and pawnshops at Sowcarpet. During interrogation, Jiten confessed to having committed the crime with M. Mahaveer and A. Vincent, S.C. Siddharth, jewellery store employee and Sankar. While three of them were arrested in a pre-dawn swoop today at Choolaimedu, where all of them stayed, Sankar escaped.

Jiten and Vincent, posing as policemen, intercepted an auto by which the two employees were travelling on the day of the crime, while the three others stayed back in a Mitsubushi Lancer car, which had a fake registration number.

They assaulted Devaraj and the auto driver and took away a bag containing the jewels.

Jewellery seized

More than a dozen special teams worked on the case round the clock, travelling to Kerala and Pondicherry and interrogating more than 500 people. The police seized about 16 kg of jewellery and Rs. 2.5 lakhs in cash from the four persons, who got the money after selling a portion of the 17 kg of stolen jewellery, valued at around Rs. 1.15 crores.

With the money, they bought a Ford Ikon car after making a down payment of Rs. 1 lakh. They spent Rs.40,000 on a DVD system for the new car.

The police also seized the Mitsubushi car, given to them by the youths’ friend staying at Choolaimedu and a Cielo Matiz car used by them earlier and two motorcycles used for the robbery.

Mr. Jangid said the Director-General of Police, A.X. Alexander, appreciated the work of the special teams and announced rewards for them.

Two held in murder case

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RAMANATHAPURAM, August 5, 2011

The police on Thursday cracked the murder case of a petrol bunk owner by arresting two suspects within 24 hours of the crime.

One Sathmeegaseelan (40) of Piprappanvalasai was murdered at Karan by a gang when he was returning home with a cash of Rs.56000. The case was reported at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.

The police team found that his two-wheeler was hit by a vehicle. It came to a conclusion that the assailants might have come to the spot by a car. The accused were identified thereafter.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Sandeep Mittal and the Superintendent of Police, Kaliraj S. Mahesh Kumar told reporters at Uchipuli police station that G. Sivakumar (23) of Pudumadam and T. Ramalingam (27) of Surankattu Valasai were arrested. A few more persons might have been involved in the case. It was said the suspects had followed the victim for the last few days to understand his route so as to execute their plan. They killed him with the motive of lifting the cash collected from his petrol bunk.

Security beefed up along coast in Ramanathapuram district

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hindu logoRAMANATHAPURAM, August 15, 2011

Coastal security has been beefed up in Ramanathapuram district in view of the Independence Day celebration scheduled for Monday.

The coastal security agencies such as the Indian Navy, Coast Guard, Coastal Security Group (CSG) and the marine police wing of the State police have been alerted to step up vigil along the coast so to monitor suspicious elements and boats.

The vessels of CSG based at Mandapam and Devipattinam have been order to operate round-the-clock. Officials said that movement of suspicious boats would be monitored and the crew would be questioned. The fishermen along the coast had also been asked to inform movement of suspicious persons.

Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ramanathapuram range), said that intensive patrolling had been undertaken along the coast from Valinokkam to Thondi. Anti-sabotage checks with the involvement of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad would be undertaken in several areas. Police force had been strengthened in bus stands, railway stations and places of public congregation. Policemen had been directed to conduct surprise checks at lodges. All policemen had been instructed to be on the alert. Armed Reserve policemen had been kept ready for deployment at any given time in the troubled areas.

Vital installations such as Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram, Pamban bridge, Collectorate, Vazhuthur power plant, Erwadi Dargah, temples in Uthirakosamangai and Thiruppulani had been given police protection. Close coordination would be maintained with the coastal security agencies.

Superintendent of Police Panneerselvam said that vehicle-checks would be conducted to keep tabs on suspicious elements.

DIG inaugurates basketball court

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hindu logoRAMANATHAPURAM, July 29, 2011

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ramanathapuram range, Sandeep Mittal, on Wednesday inaugurated the basketball court constructed at the Armed Reserve Police ground.

All in the game: Players at the newly inaugurated basketball court in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday. — Photo: L. Balachandar
All in the game: Players at the newly inaugurated basketball court in Ramanathapuram on Wednesday. — Photo: L. Balachandar

As a mark of inauguration, he threw the ball to the hoop, receiving applause from the people. Later, he gave the basketball to the players for an exhibition match.

The court was sponsored and constructed by the Mohamed Sathak Trust for public cause.

Flood-lit facility was also provided at the court for enabling play in all weather conditions.

Collector V. Arun Roy, Anil Kumar Giri, Superintendent of Police, V. Balasundarakumar, District Judge, H.H. More, Commandant, Coast Guard, Mandapam, K. Balasubramaniam, District Revenue Officer, Hamid Abdul Quadir, Chairman, Mohamed Sathak Trust took part.

Coastal monitoring to be strengthened

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Sandeep Mittal, a 1995-batch IPS officer, assumed office as the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ramanathapuram Range) here on Monday.

Sandeep Mittal
Sandeep Mittal

He has replaced A. Amalraj, who has been transferred to Tiruchi Range. Mr. Mittal had earlier served as DIG of Police (Dindigul Range) and in the Narcotics Control Bureau, New Delhi.

After taking charge, he told reporters that his priority would be to maintain law and order in Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts.

He would concentrate more on addressing the grievances of people. They could meet him anytime to air their grievances.

The petitions would be promptly forwarded to the officials. He said he would follow the action taken by the officials concerned.

Mr. Mittal said since Ramanathapuram was a coastal district and it had a close proximity to Sri Lanka a number of steps had to be taken to monitor movements along the coast. Coastal monitoring system would be strengthened.

Steps would be taken to improve the road safety awareness level among people and reduce the number of road accidents.

Steps to be taken to improve road safety awareness level among people: DIG

Sports, a tool to increase efficiency

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hindu logoFebruary 25, 2010

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sandeep Mittal, said that sport was the best tool to increase the efficiency of students, and office-goers.

Winning moment:Sandeep Mittal (fifth from left), Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ramanathapuram range, giving away prizes to the winners of tennis tournament in Ramanathapuram on Sunday.— Photo: L. Balachandar
Winning moment:Sandeep Mittal (fifth from left), Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ramanathapuram range, giving away prizes to the winners of tennis tournament in Ramanathapuram on Sunday.— Photo: L. Balachandar

Distributing prizes to the winners of RT. Chari memorial tournament held here on Sunday, he said there was a misconception among a section of people that participating in sports would divert the attention of students from studies. There were a number of examples in which those who excelled in sports had also performed well in their studies. The mind and body would be rejuvenated and all organs would function well if they were engaged in sport activities daily. Hence, he said the people of all age groups should play atleast one game.

K. Balasubramanian, District Revenue Officer, T. Aravindaraj, President, Ramanathapuram District Tennis Association (RDTA), Raja N. Kumaran Sethupathy, Ravi Shankar, Vice President, Ramco Cements, Muthumani and Ashokan of Cosmopolitan Club, Virudhungar, A. Ravichandra Ramavanni, president, district panchayat spoke. In the open singles, D. Somasundaram of Ramanathapuram retained the rolling trophy by winning M. Abishek of Virudhunagar. While D. Somasundaram and Prabakaran pair of Ramanathapuram took the top spot in open doubles Ganesh and Ponraj pair of Virudhunagar finished with second position. Ashok Kumar of Ramanathapuram came up first in the above 45-year-veteran singles. Sivakumar of Sivakasi was the runner up.

In the above 45-year-veteran doubles Ashok Kumar and Hemant of Ramanathapuram defeated Dhanukodi and Vijaya Bhaskar pair in the final. Chelladurai Abdullah and Hemant topped the position in the above 55-year-doubles. Arunachalam and Siddique were the runners up. While Chelladurai Abdullah finished in the first position in the above 55-year-singles category, Hemant was the runner up.

In the under-16-singles, Revant defeated Aravind. Aravind and Revant pair of Ramanathapruam were the winners against Hariram and Mohanlal pair in under-16-doubles.

Now, right training for youth to join armed forces

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hindu logoRAMANATHAPURAM, November 27, 2011

A scheme has been introduced to help youth to pass physical and written tests in the selection of armed forces such as police, Navy and Coast Guard with ease.

Focussed: Deputy Inspector General of Police Sandeep Mittal speaking at a programme in Rameswaram. — Photo: L. Balachandar
Focussed: Deputy Inspector General of Police Sandeep Mittal speaking at a programme in Rameswaram. — Photo: L. Balachandar

The police will give training in all aspects of the selection process of the armed forces. They will be given tips on basic structure building, measurement tactics, physical endurance tests such as running, long jump, high jump and rope climbing.

Similarly, the youths will also be prepared to make them score good marks in the written tests. Considering the fact about the elimination of candidates at the interview stage, the police will also provide tips to overcome interview fear.

A team of experts from the police, Central Paramilitary Forces, Army, Navy and Coast Guard had been roped in to offer expertise and training to the youth. “The percentage of those joining armed forces from Tamil Nadu is relatively poor compared to other States. Though there is an enormous interest among the youth to join the armed forces, they generally fail to qualify in physical and physical endurance tests owing to a lack of awareness of the selection process. The novel scheme, started for the first time, will help them overcome the hurdles,” says Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ramanathapuram range, who spearheaded the programme.

As many as 120 youths, mostly from fishermen families in Rameswaram, had been enrolled in the first batch. They would be given training for 24 days, he said.

A. Manivannan, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rameswaram sub division, who has taken the initiative, said that a special class on general knowledge would be taken for two hours daily with the help of experts.

The aim was to make all those appearing in the training programme to pass in the selection of any one of the armed forces.

No fee would be collected from the youth. They would be given accommodation and training in the Government Higher Secondary School, Rameswaram, he said.

DIG rewards policemen

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The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sandeep Mittal, on Tuesday presented cash awards and commendation certificates to the police personnel appreciating their timely contribution to detect cases and seizure of banned substance in Ramanathapuram district.

In appreciation: Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, giving away certificate to policemen in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday. — Photo: L. Balachandar
In appreciation: Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, giving away certificate to policemen in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday. — Photo: L. Balachandar

Lakshmi Kanthan, Sub Inspector, Rameswaram town and K. Ulaganathan, Head Constable were rewarded for detecting around 50 kg of ganja, which was smuggled by a car from Tiruchi. Besides seizing this, the policemen also arrested five smugglers including one Sri Lankan national when the police team stopped the car at Thangatchimadam for check a few days ago.

T. Thillai Raja and S. Soosai Manickam, constables attached to the Special Branch, were honoured by the DIG for the seizure of ganja at Valinokkam.

Similarly, N. Sellapandian, constable of Special Branch, was given commendation certificate for detecting the murder case, in which one Sathmeega Seelan of Pirappanvalasai was murdered by a gang a few days ago.

While appreciating their role in solving the cases, Mr. Mittal said they should continue the good work in future too. The rewards were given to motivate them as well as others. He would continue to meet and appreciate the policemen for their good work.

M. Panneerselvam, Superintendent of Police, In-Charge, also appreciated them.

1,200 take part in constable recruitment in Tuticorin

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Tuticorin, August 22, 2012

Under Tamil Nadu Uniform Services Recruitment Board held in districts

Procedure:Chest measurement being done on a police aspirant in Tuticorin on Tuesday.— Photo: N. Rajesh.
Procedure:Chest measurement being done on a police aspirant in Tuticorin on Tuesday.— Photo: N. Rajesh.

: As many as 1, 200 candidates took part in the recruitment to Grade – II constables under Tamil Nadu Uniform Services Recruitment Board scheduled at District Sports Stadium here on Tuesday.

The candidates for posts of constables, jail warders and firemen went through various procedures of selection.

A total of 3,780 candidates, including 3, 255 men and 525 women, would go through selection procedures. Super Check Officer, Rajesh Das, Inspector General of Police, South Zone, inspected the proceedings in the presence of Chairman of Sub Committee, Sandeep Mittal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Armed Police, Chennai and Superintendent of Police, J. Rajendran, Member – I of the Committee.

In the first round of selection procedure, certificates of the candidates were verified and subsequently height and chest measurement was done. Women candidates would participate on August 23 and 24.


A total of 1,112 candidates, who had passed the written test for the Grade II constable posts, turned up for the physical measurement taken at Anna Stadium on Tuesday.

As 4,241 candidates including 679 female candidates passed the written examination held on June 24 last, 1,200 male candidates had been invited to appear for the physical test commenced on Tuesday.

However, only 1,112 of them only turned up and physical measurements of these candidates were taken under the supervision of Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, V. Varadharaju and the Superintendent of Police, Tirunelveli, Vijayendra S. Bidari at Anna Stadium, Palayamkottai.

After the physical measurement of the candidates is taken, the aspirants will have to appear for the physical endurance test that will commence on August 25.


Selection for secondary grade constables and fire service personnel commenced at Armed Reserve Police grounds at Seelapadi near here on Tuesday. Inspector General of Police Shankar Jiwal was the super checking officer. Certificate verification and endurance test like 1,500 m race were conducted for candidates from Theni and Dindigul districts on the first day. A total of 4912 men – 2,771 in Dindigul and 2,140 in Theni – and 568 women including 392 in Dindigul and 176 in Theni, appeared.