A hot chase in the city on Tuesday night culminated in a policeman managing to apprehend a thief. Police constable Ahamed Hussain was appreciated by City Police Commissioner A.K.Viswanathan on Wednesday for successfully apprehending an accused, who was on the run after snatching a mobile phone from a man waiting in a bus bay opposite the Central Railway Station on Tuesday night.
At 8 p.m on Tuesday, S. Mani, 56, of Vandavasi, was waiting at the bus bay in front of the Central Railway Station to board a bus to Moolakadai. Suddenly, an unidentified youth snatched his mobile phone and fled. Hearing Mr. Mani’s cries, Mr. Hussain, a Grade- II constable, who was on duty, swung into action.
On seeing the policeman chase him, the youth ran to the Poonamallee High Road towards Park Railway Station. Mr. Hussain, without any let-up, chased him. The youth jumped off a median in front of the Park Railway Station, and on reaching the opposite side, he boarded a bus through the rear door. As the constable followed him, he alighted through the front door and ran. The constable too jumped off the bus, chased and caught him in just a few yards.
The phone lifter was brought to the Flower Bazaar Police Station. He was identified as M. Manju, 28 of Pennagaram in Dharamapuri district. During inquiry, he said he had come to the city to attend to an ailing relative at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital 10 days ago. As he had no money to travel back, he took to snatching mobile phones, he claimed. The police recovered the mobile phone from him was handed it over to Mr. Mani. Manju was lodged in prison after being produced before a court.
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