Within 24 hours after a woman H. Bahaduri (35) was murdered and her gold jewellery were stolen from a house at Adhavathur near here, special police teams arrested two youths on the charge of committing the crime. The teams recovered the stolen property — three sovereign ‘thaali’ chain and ear studs made of gold weighing two sovereigns — and a motorcycle used by the accused S. Hakkim (20) and his associate R. Jothimani (21).

Stating that it was a murder for gain with the intention of the accused being to take away valuables from the house, the Inspector-General of Police, Central Zone, M.Ramasubramani told presspersons here on Sunday that the special teams acted swiftly not to miss any vital clues and gain the confidence of the public.

Without losing time, the three special teams carried out the probe in different angles checking whether local criminals operating in that area had a hand in the grave offence. The victim had shifted to Adhavathur only a couple of months ago. The Somarasampet police had registered a murder for gain case. Since the murder took place in day time, the teams during the course of their probe strongly believed that the crime could have been committed by someone who frequented the house. As the victim’s husband Hussain Khan was running a shop letting out vessels for rent besides renting the goods carriers he owned, the investigators looked into the possibility of those working under him to have committed the crime. Pursuing on that line, the teams arrested Hakkim, who had worked as a driver for Hussain Khan, and Jothimani. The accused thought of taking away more property from the house after killing the woman, the IG said and added that Hakkim wanted money as he had taken loans and was planning to get married. The two tried to flee when the teams apprehended them at Vannankoil near Ramji Nagar on the city’s outskirts.

Mr. Ramasubramani said 132 persons had been detained under the Goondas Act and the Bootleggers Act in the central zone, encompassing eight districts, so far this year. He gave away cash awards to the police personnel who formed part of the special teams. A.Amalraj, DIG, Tiruchi Range, and S.Rajeswari, Superintendent of Police, were present.