Coimbatore: Deputy inspector general (DIG) of police M S Muthusamy on Sunday lauded Sulur police inspector Mathaiyan, who chased a bike lifter on foot for a kilometre before catching him.
Night patrol officers had noticed two men wearing head scarves near a parked motorcycle at Sulur Pirivu on Sunday around 2am. “When the cops approached them, the duo ran away, leaving behind the vehicle. The cops alerted Mathaiyan, who was conducting vehicle check in the area. Mathaiyan headed towards Muthalipalayam Pirivu, where he noticed two men wearing head scarves on a motorcycle. When he chased them, the duo fell on the road and started to run. One of them crossed the national highway and escaped. The other entered a private matriculation school premises. Mathaiyan, with the help of police driver Sivakumar, caught the thief,” a police officer said.
Police identified the man as P Hariharasudan, 23, of Thangappa Nagar in Ramanathapuram district and seized a stolen motorcycle. Based on information from Hariharasudan, cops arrested his accomplice S Shankaralingam, 21, of Pappammal Layout at Pappanaickenpalayam and seized another stolen motorcycle.
The chase was caught on several CCTV cameras installed at commercial establishments at Muthalipalayam Pirivu.
The footage went viral on social media on Sunday.

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