The police have said that Neyyattinkara municipal councillor Sajin Lal is absconding after a case was registered against him and his accomplices in connection with an extortion complaint.

The police said the case was registered based on the complaint of one Faziluddin who accused Mr. Lal and his accomplices of forcibly taking Rs.4 lakh from him after promising to help him trace a relative who had run away with her lover.

Faziluddin said Mr. Lal, an accused in a few other cases earlier, and his gang had cheated him by taking the money but not bringing the girl back. The police had arrested two of the gang members, Manu Nair and Unni, on Sunday, while the hunt for Mr. Lal and the rest of the gang is on.

Edayar unrest: 3 held

Three persons were arrested by the Poonthura police on Tuesday in connection with the recent unrest between two communities at Edayar. The police brought the three to the Vanchiyoor police station following public resistance to the arrest at Poonthura. However, women, including relatives of the arrested, reached the Vanchiyoor station too, where they refused the police to take the accused to court. It was after DCP (Law and Order) A. Srinivas reached the spot that the women relented around 7 p.m. The three were produced before court and remanded in judicial custody.

Chain-snatchers held

The Karamana police on Tuesday arrested Riju Lal, 40, of Vembayam and Anil Kumar, 37, of Sreekaryam on the charge of chain-snatching. The police said the two, apart from snatching chains from women, regularly robbed drunkards of their valuables. Sheen Tharayil, Circle Inspector, Thampanoor, said the two were produced before court and remanded in judicial custody.

Accused held

The Fort police on Tuesday arrested one Biju on charges of brandishing a sword and threatening one person. S.Y. Suresh, Circle Inspector, Fort, said Biju, an accused in criminal cases, resisted arrest using his sword. He had threatened to kill Jayan of Attukal after the latter refused to give him his autorickshaw to drive and make money for his daily quota of liquor, the police said.