The police thwarting the youth
Tirur (Malappuram): Residents and police officials of Malappuram locality on Friday were on toes due to an episode which later turned out to be an act done by a mentally unsound youth.
The incident happened at Alingal near Alathiyoor around 1:30 PM. A person was on his way from Ponnani to Kootayi on his bike. When he reached Chamravattom Junction, a youth with a bag requested lift. The person offered lift to the youth but had suspicions about his way of behaviour. He dropped him at Alingal and intimated the matter to Ponnani police.
When police arrived, the youth brandished a gun from the bag and tried to escape from the scene by boarding an autorickshaw. Some of the residents and onlookers panicked while the police made advances towards the youth with a grenade and thwarted his attempt after a tussle.
However, it came to light that the gun brandished by the youth was a toy and he is also mentally unstable. Following that, the family members of the youth were intimated and he was sent along with them.