Chennai: A 30-year-old police constable attached to armed reserve force was attacked with a sickle as policeman refused to part with his mobile phone to a snatcher near Tambaram railway station, on Sunday.
The victim, Gnanasekaran (30) of Ganapathi Puram in East Tambaram is an armed reserve constable and is posted in St Thomas Mount deputy commissioner’s office as a driver. On Sunday night at around 11.45 pm, Gnanasekaran was returning home after work and picked up Baskar, a constable at Chromepet police station and Kalaivanan, another constable at Chitlapakkam police station as they reside near his home. The three policemen were heading to East Tambaram in two two-wheelers.
When they crossed a subway near Tambaram railway station, they stopped their vehicles as Gnanasekaran wanted to relieve himself. “While Baskar and Kalaivanan wait near the subway, Gnanasekaran went to a secluded place. After a few minutes, Baskar and Kalaivanan heard distress sound from their friend and rushed to help him,” the police said.
To their shock, Gnanasekaran was lying in a pool of blood. They took him to Hindu Mission hospital for treatment. “The constable had severe cut injuries on his hands and fingers. He was sent to Stanley Government hospital,” the police added. He was wearing Khaki pant, police shoes when the incident happened.
The police also said that unknown persons threatened Gnanasekaran at the spot and demanded to hand over his mobile phone. As the constable refused to part with his mobile phone, the unknown persons attacked him with a sickle and fled the spot, according to the investigators. Selaiyur police registered a case and are investigating.
Meanwhile, the local residents said that the spot where Gnanasekaran was hacked was a haven of miscreants who would drink, smoke ganja and indulge in other anti-social activities. “The spot falls under the jurisdiction of Selaiyur, West Tambaram and Tambaram railway police, the miscreants operated unquestioned,” one of the residents said.