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Tabloid News of Saturday, 11 May 2002

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Suspected Criminal Jumps To Death

A suspected criminal jumped to his death at Techiman in the Brong Ahafo Region in a bid to avoid arrest. This was during a special operation mounted by a combined team of police and the military to clamp down on crime. The dead man, named only as Opoku, attempted to scale over a wall at Agyeiwaa Memorial Hotel during the operation in which 49 suspected criminals were arrested.

Opoku, however, fell over the wall and was rushed to the Techiman Holy Family Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. Dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp wrapped in papers were found on him.

The operation code-named "Raging Hawk", which involved 11 officers and 184 men, formed part of the national exercise to clamp down on the activities of criminals in the country.

Briefing the Ghana News Agency, the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander and leader of the operation, ASP Ephraim Oko Brakatu, said the exercise was in response to persistent harassment of the people in the region, especially traders, by hardened criminals in the Techiman Market