Chennai, February 8: Birthday Blasts like never! Around 200 men get ready to party, some taking selfies, some standing beside Birthday cake to cut it and celebrate the party… Hands Up! Chennai Police arrives and nabs around 76 criminals from the party! Yes, Operation Birthday hit Chennai on Wednesday night.
Underworld don P Binu’s Birthday bash was being planned by his people for his comeback whereas Chennai Police was planning ‘Operation Birthday’ to arrests him and his criminal goons.
Around 100 Chennai Police barged into the birthday bash nabbing around 76 criminals within 9 hours.
P Binu, who has over 28 cases against him and had been absconding for two years, was being welcomed back to the underworld by his friends and associates, with a party to celebrate his 47th birthday. Around 200 criminals including henchmen and sub-bosses, who had cases ranging from murders, and abduction to extortion, were gathered at Velu Lorry Shed, a truck shop off the Outer Ring road.
‘Operation Birthday’, as it has been named, had around 100 police personnel surrounding the spot, near Malavambakkam village. Some even swam or rafted across the Chembarambakkam lake. The police received the tip-off on the party during a routine vehicle check, when they intercepted Pallu Madan, who was riding to the party. He was taken away for interrogation when the police realised that Madan was involved in an assault and extortion case. Madan then revealed that the party was to begin at 9 pm. He was released by 6 pm and the police formed over 60 special teams and arrived in Malavambakkam by 11 pm.
"The police team had an only half hour to plan the operation," says Chennai Police Commissioner AK Viswanathan. "We had arrested a gang member in another case and he revealed that this birthday celebration was being planned. Four people escaped but we managed to catch 75 people at the venue. Of this, two were juveniles and three were people who were present but not involved in any criminal activity." But the big fish – birthday boy Binu himself – managed to escape.
"P Binu was one of the few people who escaped from the venue. We have already sent police teams to get hold of him. One hundred police officers were involved in this operation," Viswanathan added.
The police held 40 men at gunpoint over 9 hours and detained 60 others after chasing and nabbing them as they fled the birthday party. 76 of the men were sent to jail and the others were let off. The police even seized 4 cars, 45 motorcycles and even swords and sickles from the arrested.