A 65-year-old man and his two adult sons were arrested on charge of sexually abusing two minor girls.

Kothamangalam police arrested Kuriakose, 65, and his sons Basil, 26, and Bebin, 22, from Puthuppadi in Kothamangalam on Saturday morning.

The trio were accused of sexually abusing two sisters, aged nine and six, from their neighbourhood. The abuse, which is suspected to have happened five to six months ago, was detected by their teachers when the girls reportedly exhibited changes in their behaviour. The girls opened up to their parents and teachers after they asked them to narrate the incident.

Soon a complaint was lodged following which the police made the arrests. Sources in the police said that the accused confessed to the charges.

They were subjected to medical examination and produced before the Kothamangalam First Class Magistrate. Cases have been registered under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act of 2012 and section 375 of the Indian Penal Code for rape. Basil was arrested earlier on charges of damaging a KSRTC bus. The police in rural district had arrested a man from Aluva a couple of days ago on charges of sexually abusing his six-year-old daughter. He was held after the police launched a hunt to nab him almost a month ago.

One held

The city police took into custody a person suspected to be involved in several cases of theft. He later tried to kill himself while in police custody, said a statement issued by the police here on Saturday.

The arrested person has been identified as Kannan, 32, son of Ashokan from Rameswaram village, Valummel Road.

The accused was taken into custody during a routine check conducted by the police on the Ernakulam South Railway Station Road, the press release said.

They allegedly sexually abused two sisters, aged nine and six, from their neighbourhood.