Thiruvananthapuram: A Special Sub-inspector of Police in Tamil Nadu was shot dead by a gang of unidentified persons at the Padanthalumoodu check-post near Kerala border, when he was checking a car coming towards Nagercoil from Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday night.
Wilson, the 56-year-old deceased officer, was checking a Scorpio SUV bearing the registration number TN 57 AW 1559, which entered Kanyakumari district around 10 pm and was headed towards Nagercoil.
Suddenly, the unidentified occupants of the car opened three rounds of fire at the police officer, inflicting bullet injuries on his forehead, abdomen and a leg. Even before other policemen in the check-post could react, the car fled the spot.
Wilson was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A high alert has been sounded in the border areas of the state following the incident and an intense hunt has been launched in Kanniyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi districts to nab the assailants.
The Tamil Nadu police have identified and released pictures of two persons with criminal background, who allegedly killed Wilson. One of them, Abdul shameem, is an accused in a communal murder case in 2014 while Thoufeeq is an accused in the murder case of a BJP leader in Kanyakumari.
However, police is still clueless about the motive behind the murder of the officer, who had earlier worked with the Special Task Force (STF), and is now investigating whether the accused have any terror links.