Mani Kumar shared Jeno M Cryspin's photo.Tamil Nadu cops get rewards for catching suspected terrorists (புத்தூரில் தீவிரவாதிகளை தீரத்துடன் போராடி கைது செய்த 20 போலீசாருக்கு தலா ரூ.5 லட்சம்-பதவி உயர்வு) Hours after withdrawing its earlier order setting aside the scheme of accelerated promotions, the State Government on Tuesday announced one-stage promotion to 20 police personnel, including Inspector S. Lakshmanan, who were part of a special operation in which terror suspects ‘Police’ Fakruddin, Panna Ismail and Bilal Malik were arrested. Mr. Lakshmanan who suffered grievous injuries in the operation was given a cash award of Rs. 15 lakh; all others, including officers, would get Rs. 5 lakh in appreciation of their good work in apprehending the suspects who remained elusive for long. Late on Monday, the Government issued an order (G.O (MS) 805) which said police personnel who performed acts of extraordinary bravery and valour when engaged in their efforts to apprehend and deal with hardcore criminals, terrorists and other anti-social elements should be suitably rewarded. Amending G.O (MS) 769 dated November 11, 2008, the government said “accelerated promotion may be awarded to those police personnel who have performed acts of extraordinary bravery and valour in achieving operational success”. A committee headed by the Chief Secretary and comprising Principal Secretary., Home, Principal Secretary, Personnel and Administrative Reforms, and Director-General of Police as members, was constituted to examine those eligible for accelerated promotion. It may be recalled that the concept of out-of-turn promotion kicked up a storm after the Government issued accelerated promotions to hundreds of Special Task Force (STF) personnel involved in the operation against dreaded forest brigand Veerappan in 2004. Some policemen went to the court challenging issues pertaining to fixation of seniority, pay and subsequent promotions. In this case, however, the Government has made a mention that the accelerated promotion would one-stage. In a statement, Ms. Jayalalithaa said a Special Investigation Division of the Crime Branch CID was formed to solve the murders of BJP State general secretary Auditor V. Ramesh in Salem and Hindu Munnani State secretary S. Vellaiyappan in Vellore in July this year. A cash award of Rs. 20 lakh was announced for those giving information leading to the arrest of the suspects Fakruddin, Malik, Ismail and Abubakkar Siddique who were also involved in the plot to blow up the convoy of senior BJP leader L.K. Advani in 2011. The special team comprising personnel of the Special Division of the State Intelligence and SID risked their lives in the operation in Chennai and Puttur where the three suspects were arrested. Appreciating the daring operation of the police, Ms. Jayalalithaa said the arrest of the suspects had averted major violence and attacks that they had planned. — with T Senthil Kumar and 2 others.