Chennai, Feb 8: Over 67 wanted criminals were arrested by Chennai Police in a single raid earlier this week. The goons had gathered to celebrate the birthday of their leader when the cops gatecrashed the party on Tuesday night.Also Read - Vijay Sethupathi Controversy: Chennai Police Likely To Register Criminal Case For Cutting Cake With Sword

Acting on a tip-off received during regular patrolling, a police team swooped on a house in Malaiymbakkam village in the outskirts of Chennai taking the criminals, who had gathered to celebrate the birthday of their ring leader Chulaimedu Binnu, by surprise. (Also Read: Delhi: Wanted Criminal Arrested in Early Morning Encounter) Also Read - After Master's Release, Chennai's Kasi Theatre Booked For Violating COVID-19 Rules, Charged Fine of Rs 5,000

While ‘birthday boy’ Binnu managed to escape, several wanted criminals were held in the ‘Operation Birthday’. Police also seized 60 motorbikes and six luxury cars and several weapons. Also Read - Former Calcutta High Court Judge CS Karnan Arrested Over Abusive Remarks Against Women Judges

Photos of the party recovered from mobile phones of arrested criminals showed Binnu cutting his birthday cake using a sickle instead of a knife. (Also Read: Delhi: Criminal Pushpender Singh, Who Fled With Rs 39 Lakh Cash Van, Arrested)

“It was hilarious to see some of the gangsters unable to realise what just happened. One even tried to explain that it was a birthday party genuinely believing that we were there to stop the party,” a cop, who was part of the raiding party, told the media.