Man threatening to blow up belt bomb shot

July 11th, 2008 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 11 (IANS) A man, who faced several criminal charges and escaped from a hospital, was shot here by the police in the early hours Friday after he threatened to blow himself up with a `belt bomb’, the police said. B. Suresh, 29, was killed in a shootout in the northern suburbs here, police said.

“The accused had escaped while undergoing treatment in a hospital Wednesday and was traced to a hideout. Apart from threatening to blow himself up with an alleged belt bomb, he also opened fire and hurled country made bombs on those who went to secure him.

“Left with no alternative, our officers had to open fire that resulted in Suresh’s death. His body will be handed over to his relatives after post mortem,” Commissioner of Police R. Sekar told reporters at the General Hospital.

Having been detained four times under the Goondas Act, Suresh had 28 cases registered against him, a police official said.

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