Staff Reporter

Motorcycle-borne robbers at it in heart of the city One youth flaunted a knife and threatened to finish him off

CHENNAI: In two separate but identical incidents of waylaying, a motorcycle-borne duo escaped with valuables after threatening the victims with deadly weapons here on Thursday.

Police said that the first case was reported from G. N. Chetty Road at around 12.30 p.m.

When Gajendra Singh Bothra of Venkatraman Street, T. Nagar, was driving his car near Hotel Residency, two youths riding a motorcycle stopped and abused him, saying that his car had dashed against them.

Even as he was shocked over the allegation, one youth flaunted a knife and threatened to finish him off.

Fearing threat to life, the victim did not retaliate, but the youth forced him to part with his expensive ring and gold chain, among other valuables.

Later, the youth fled from the scene. When contacted, the victim said that the two youths spoke in Tamil and threatened him with dire consequences if he raised an alarm. The Teynampet police have registered a case.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Mylapore) A. G. Mourya said that they have obtained two photographs of the accused. ``We hope to secure them soon'', he said.

Second incident

In the other incident, a chartered accountant, driving his car near Wheatcrofts Road in Nungambakkam, was suddenly stopped by a duo riding a two-wheeler.

The duo picked a quarrel,

claiming that the car had dashed against their vehicle. They suddenly displayed a firearm and forced the accountant to part with his mobile phone, Rs 3000 in cash, two gold rings and a chain, all valued at around Rs 75,000. Soon the motorcycle riders fled from the scene.

The Nungambakkam police have registered a case.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Triplicane) M. Ramasubramanian said that a special team was investigating.

Jewels recovered

Police recovered over 100 sovereigns of jewels, three kg of silver, electronic gadgets, mobile phones, and Rs 6,700 in cash and arrested nine persons involved in various cases reported in the last two or three months in places such as Tiruvanmiyur, Pallikaranai, Neelankarai, Thuraipakkam.

Commissioner of Police Letika Saran said here on Thursday that the accused Srinivasan alias Burma Seenu (38) and Babu (21) of Royapuram Shanti Colony were wanted in 19 grave cases. Based on their confession, the police recovered Rs 2,700 in cash stolen from a house and nine mobile phone sets.

House-breaking case

In another case, Ms Saran said that the special team secured Zaheer Basha of Taramani, Ganesh of Adyar Indra Nagar, Kutti alias Vinayakam of Injambakkam, Senthil of Kannagi Nagar, Thuraipakkam, Seenu alias Murugan and Kartik, all in the 20-27 age group, had allegedly indulged in house-breaking, robbery, waylaying and extortion cases in Tiruvanmiyur, Pallikaranai, Thuraipakkam, Neelankarai residential areas.

Based on their confession, the police recovered jewels, silver articles, electronic gadgets including DVD player, expensive video cameras, motorcycles etc. from the accused.

Most of them were wanted in several criminal cases.

All the accused were produced before the Saidapet Judicial Magistrate court, which remanded them to judicial custody.