Staff Reporter

Ex-convicts show interest to set up kiosks or rear cattle

KANCHEEPURAM: Financial assistance to the tune of Rs.1 lakh will be extended to 12 persons who have given up illicit liquor related trade activities, according to the Superintendent of Police, A. Amalraj.

Talking to reporters at Pattalam police station near Chengalpattu, the SP said that it had been proposed to provide Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 15,000 as loan to them depending on the vocation opted by them. The ex-convicts had shown interest to set up kiosks or rear cattle.

The District Collector would disburse the loan amount to them soon.

Apart from this the District Police have sought an additional allocation of Rs.4 lakhs from the Government to help another 46 persons to take up a respectable income earning activity, Mr. Amalraj added.

The Prohibition Enforcement Wing personnel, Madurantakam, have seized 113 cans of spirit from a lorry, he said.

The lorry driver, Manoharan (35) of Kolapakkam and three others abandoned the vehicle near Pattalam junction after they noticed a police team engaged in a vehicle check on the highway on January 20. However, the police chased them and nabbed him.

On interrogation, Manoharan said the lorry owner Muthu engaged him to drive the vehicle. A case has been booked under Prohibition Act and the police are on the look out for Muthu and his friends Ravi and Pattabhi.

Stolen cash recovered

A sum of Rs.4,35,585 out of Rs. 4,48,207 stolen from a Trust office at Sothupakkam on January 11 night was recovered by the Melmaruvathur police following the arrest of Senthamizh of Irumbedu village on January 20. The SP said Senthamizh, employed in the Trust, looted the money with the help of his friends - Shanthakumar, Ranganathan, Sathish, Jagaveerapandian and Venugopal - from Irumbedu and Ashok of Ellanpuram. They were produced before a court at Madurantakam and remanded to judicial custody.