Madras HC seeks report on activities of gangsters

Chennai: The Madras High Court Wednesday took a serious view of recurring clashes between rowdy gangs and sought a comprehensive report from the Centre and the Tamilnadu government on crime statistics such as number of killings committed by them throughout the country in the last 10 years.

A division bench, comprising Justice N Kirubakaran and Justice S Baskaran, also sought year-wise details on the number of paid killers, history-sheeters who are active, cases registered and the heinous crimes committed by them in Tamilnadu and throughout the country.

The bench gave the direction while hearing a petition challenging the detention of Velu, involved in a clash between two groups of rowdies, under the stringent Goondas Act. The court then adjourned the matter to 30 November.