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Six persons nabbed in Madurai; 4 kg of gold recovered

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Case relates to two jewellers from Thrissur being robbed

Gold recovered from a gang that allegedly robbed two jewellers in Madurai displayed by the policefor the media in Thrissur on Saturday.— Photo: By special arrangement
Gold recovered from a gang that allegedly robbed two jewellers in Madurai displayed by the policefor the media in Thrissur on Saturday.— Photo: By special arrangement

A special team of the police has arrested six persons who are wanted in a case related to two jewellers from Thrissur having been robbed of 4.5 kg of gold jewellery at Madurai.

The arrested were Johnson, 42, of Olarikkara; Bristo, 22, of Nellayi; Babeesh alias Thakkudu, 18, of Chavakkad; Ribin, 23, of Chavakkad; Sharath, 21, of Thycaud; and Vijeesh, 27, of Chavakkad.

About 4 kg of gold was recovered from them.

On January 9, the gang allegedly assaulted jewellers Jobi Raphael, 41, and Vinod Kumar, 32, threw chilli powder on them and robbed them of 4.5 kg of gold at Chunnanpukkara Street near the bus station in Madurai city.

The police said the gang had earlier made three similar robbery attempts, but failed. Johnson had informed the others about the jeweller’s travel plan, the police said.

The police are looking for two more persons as part of the investigation.

The special team, led by Crime Branch Superintendent P.N. Unnirajan, comprised sub-inspector P.Sankarankutty, Senior Civil Police Officers K. J. Chacko, T. R. Gladstone, and Civil Police Officers K. Sooraj, Linto Devassy, Sisi Subash and K. Subir Kumar.

Several cases of gold robbery have been reported in the district, a major jewellery manufacturing centre, in the past.

On October 28, 2009, a man was arrested on charges of robbing a jeweller’s employee of one-and-half kg of gold at Palakkal on October 15. The accused threw chilli powder at the employee and robbed him of gold around 2.30 a.m. while he was transporting it from Kannur to Thrissur.

On May 21, 2008, a three-member gang threw chilli powder at two persons and robbed them of cash and 148 gm of pure gold.

On June 13, 2011, the police nabbed 11 persons in connection with the robbery of 1,844.680 gm of gold jewellery from an artisan.

A motorcycle-borne gang snatched the bag containing the gold, valued at over Rs.39 lakh, from the artisan in front of a jeweller's shop in the heart of the city on June 7.

On February 19, 2012, the police arrested eight persons at the Punkunnam railway station on charges of carrying six kg of gold and Rs. 1.57 crore without proper documents.

“Shadow Police”, formed at the initiative of the Commissioner, had recovered between May 1, 2011, and May 5, 2012, 718 sovereigns of gold that had gone missing.

Manufacturing units based in Thrissur account for much of the gold jewellery produced in the State every year. There are 3,000-odd gold jewellery manufacturing units in Thrissur, employing about 40,000-odd artisans, most of who are from neighbouring districts.

The units are based in locations such as Thrissur city, Cherpu, Perinchery, Chevvur, Ammadam, Avinissery, Nallankara, Velur, Amballur, Vallachira, Kizhakkumpattukara and Ollur.

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