The Rajasthan police has said that Chennai police inspector S Periyapandi who died in an encounter with burglars in that State early this week, was killed in a case of accidental firing by his own colleague Muni Sekhar and not by jewel thieves as was earlier believed.
First reports said that Periyapandi who went to Rampura village in Pali district of Rajasthan in pursuit of two burglars, C Nathuram and Dinesh Chaudhury wanted in connection with a break-in into a jewel shop in Maduravoil, was attacked by them and that one of them snatched his revolver in the encounter and shot him dead.
The encounter took place in the wee hours of Dec 13. Pali District Superintendent of Police Deepak Bhargava has said the single bullet which killed Periyapandi came from the pistol of his team mate Muni Sekhar who also suffered injuries in the attack by the burglar gang. He said Muni Sekhar might have fired at the burglars and hit Periyapandi by mistake.
He said an empty cartridge and two .9 mm pistols were found in the encounter site. Forensic tests have confirmed that the fatal bullet came from the pistol of Muni Sekhar. While the body of Periyapandi has since been airlifted and taken to his native village in Tirunelveli, Muni Sekhar who was undergoing treatment at a local hospital reached Chennai on Saturday.
The Rajasthan police has formed 11 special teams to nab the two burglars who have escaped from the scene. The Rajasthan police has also registered a case against Muni Sekhar under Sec 304 A of the IPC ( Causing death by negligence).
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisami has announced ex gratia of Rs 1 crore to the family Periyapandi.