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caught at last:Autorickshaw driver M. Kannan, who was arrested, in connection with a murder case and the valubles recovered from him.
caught at last:Autorickshaw driver M. Kannan, who was arrested, in connection with a murder case and the valubles recovered from him.

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Police arrest three persons for preparing fake land documents

TIRUNELVELI: The police have arrested an autorickshaw driver allegedly involved in the murder of a woman from Kothaiseri near Ervadi in the district after seven months. S. Balasaraswathi of Kothaiseri, a mother of two children, did not return home after visiting her parents at Thalapathisamudhram on October 24, 2009.

he next morning, she was found murdered near Alangulam tank and the gold ornaments she was wearing were found missing.

During investigation, the police found that Balasaraswathi had hired an autorickshaw at Ervadi to reach her home at Kothaiseri since she had missed the last bus to her hamlet.

Even as the police were about lay hands on the autorickshaw driver, M. Kannan, of the same area after finding that the deceased had hired only his autorickshaw, he went underground.

Against this backdrop, the police nabbed Kannan at Alangulam near Ervadi on Tuesday and recovered the valuables from him.

“During interrogation, Kannan told the police that he, who had taken a loan of over Rs. 2 lakh, murdered Balasaraswathi to steal her ornaments to repay his debts. Of the total gold ornaments worn by the lady, only 28 grams were gold while all other ornaments were imitation jewels,” Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, K.P. Shanmugarajeswaran told reporters here on Wednesday.

He also informed that the police have arrested the gang involved in robberies in Thisaiyanvilai areas.

Superintendent of Police Asra Garg was present.

Three held

Police have arrested three persons for preparing fake land documents. According to Superintendent of Police Asra Garg, J. Joseph of Thisaiyanvilai filed a complaint with the police that A. Lingapandi of Keeraikaaranthattu, M. Alagesan of Keeraikaaranthattu and T. Murugesan of Mahadevankulam had prepared fake documents for his land, worth about Rs. 20 lakh. Based on this complaint, the police registered case against the trio in 2008.

When the case came up for trial, the court had directed the District Crime Branch to reinvestigate the case.

As the case was opened again under the direct supervision of Mr. Asra Garg, the police found that the one P. Velmurugan of Keeraikaaranthattu helped Lingapandi to open a savings bank account in the name of one Velandi. Subsequently, the savings bank account was used to prepare the fake land documents with the help of A. Paramasivan and A. Velayutham of Shanmugapuram.

“Based on these findings, we've arrested Velmurugan, Paramasivan and Velayutham, who were sent for judicial custody on Tuesday,” Mr. Asra Garg said.

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