Bengaluru: Convict, on the run for 14 years, arrested | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A cabbie who went absconding in 2007 after he was convicted of mowing down a youth in Bengaluru was arrested in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
DCP (traffic-west) Kuldeep Kumar Jain said P Mativannan, a resident of Tiruppur in TN, was arrested by traffic police for mowing down a 25-year-old private company employee in October 2005. Mativannan worked with a travel agency in Tiruppur.
“Mativannan drove to the city in his owner’s SUV to drop some passengers. On his way back, he rammed a biker near Marenahalli junction in Vijayanagar, killing the rider on the spot. Mativannan was arrested and chargesheeted under IPC section 304A (causing death due to negligence). Accordingly, a local court convicted him and sentenced him to one-year simple imprisonment and slapped a fine of Rs 3,000. He went elusive soon after,” said Jain.
In July this year, the matter came up during a review meeting and a police team led by inspector GY Giriraj visited Tiruppur. However, cops returned empty handed as Mativannan, 48, had shifted his residence.
“The team contacted his previous owner, with whom Mativannan worked. The owner told us that Mativannan had quit long ago. After much effort, we managed to get his mobile number and, finally, traced him to a different place in Tiruppur and arrested him on Wednesday,” added Jain.
Mativannan was produced before the court which had convicted him and was sent to judicial custody.

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