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TN Police officer part of team that gunned down forest brigand Veerappan suspended a day before superannuation

- May 31, 2024

Chennai, May 31 (BPNS)

An Additional Superintendent of Tamil Nadu police who was known as an encounter specialist of the state police and part of the Special Task Force team of the state police that gunned down forest brigand Veerappan was suspended a day prior to his superannuation.

The officer, S. Velladurai, Additional Superintendent of Police, Crime Records Bureau, Tiruvannamalai was placed under suspension by the Tamil Nadu home department on Thursday, May 30th.

The police officer according to sources was suspended for his alleged involvement in the custodial torture leading to the death of one ‘Kokki’ Kumar alias Ramu in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu in 2013.

‘Kokki’ Kumar was an accused in the killing of police sub- inspector, T. Alwin Sudhan during Maruthupandiar Jayanthi on October 27, 2012 and police arrested 13 people including ‘Kokki’ Kumar in the case.

The CB-CID which probed the case had filed a report in the designated court recommending that further action be dropped.

Velladurai shot to fame when she gunned down a history sheeter Ayothikuppam Veeramani in 2003 at Chennai when he was serving as the Sub- Inspector of Police. He was also part of the Special Task Force team of the Tamil Nadu police that shot dead forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.

Tamil Nadu government had also appointed Velladurai as the Special officer of the State Police Special wing to monitor and control rowdy elements and anti- socials that target industrial units and entrepreneurs in Kancheepuram district in 2021 when the DMK government assumed office.