The Tamil Nadu police have formed ten special teams to hunt down two car-borne youths with terror links who shot dead special sub-inspector Y Wilson attached to the Kaliyakavilai police station in Kanyakumari district at a check post bordering Kerala on Wednesday night.
This was stated by Southern Range IG of Police K P Shanmugharajeswaran. He said the police was going all out to nab the killers.
The assailants, who came in a Mahindra Scorpio sports utility vehicle from Thiruvananthapuram, shot at Wilson and also hacked him when he intercepted their car. The car had a fake registration number.
The killers have already been identified as Mohd Taufeeq (27) and Abdul Shameem (25) on the basis of video footages which show them with skull caps fleeing from the spot through a mosque. Both are wanted for the murder of a Hindu Munnani activist and attempt murder to another in Tamil Nadu.
The police said the two got out of the car and shot Wilson and also hacked him when he intercepted them at the checkpoint. Autopsy report revealed four bullets wounds in the neck, chest, stomach and thighs. Besides, there were cut wounds in his hands and forearm obviously suffered when Wilson tried to ward off the attackers.
The police also say the bullets recovered from the scene were the same type used in two hand guns recovered from three youths arrested in Bengaluru on Tuesday and now in judicial custody in Chennai prison. The police sought their remand on the ground that they were part of a terror group.
Police are probing whether the two killers, who are believed to have fled back to Kerala, have links with the terror suspects from Bengaluru. Tamil Nadu Director-General of Police met his Kerala counterpart Loknath Behera on Thursday when he visited Kanyakumari to pay homage to Wilson. Following the meeting, the Kerala police released photos of the two suspects and announced cash reward for any information that leads to their capture.
Wilson was buried in his native Marthandam in Kanyakumari with State honours on Thursday evening.