The city police arrested Sharmila, a servant maid, and her husband Ashok and recovered nine gold bangles valued at Rs. 2 lakh, which Sharmila had reportedly stolen from the house she was working.
The police said Vijayakumar and Vijayaprathipa of Om Sakthi Nagar in Ramanathapuram had hired Sharmila as servant maid only on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Sharmila took leave and the house owners found nine bangles missing from the almirah. On suspicion, when the police searched for Sharmila, she had gone missing from her home as well. The special teams arrested Sharmila and Ashok and recovered the jewellery. They were remanded to custody.
Man found dead
Tense moments prevailed at the railway station area on Thursday when passersby noticed a man hanging from a foot-overbridge that connected Platform No. 1 with Goods Shed Road. On information, Railway Police officials removed the body and found a medical prescription in the shirt pocket. The police contacted their counterparts in Vadakara in Kerala, which led to the identification of the deceased as Balan (42), a tea maker in a shop in Chennai. It is learnt that Balan was returning to his native and had reached Coimbatore by Nilgiris Express.
He was scheduled to go to Vadakara for his daughter's marriage on Saturday.
Prisoner creates flutter
An undertrial prisoner, Saravanapandian (34), lodged at the Coimbatore Central Prison on Thursday created a flutter by climbing on to a tree and threatening to jump off.
The Jailor reportedly questioned him whether he had any cell phone. It is learnt that the prisoner had earlier requested the mother of another prisoner, when she came to visit her son, to recharge his mobile number in lieu of taking care of his son well in the prison. As she did not do that, Saravanapandian is said to have intimidated her when she visited her son the next time and also the prisoner. Following a complaint from the woman, the official questioned him. This provoked the prisoner to resort to the protest. Later, he was pacified and brought down.
The city police arrested Damodaran (39), an assessor of gold jewellery, on the charge of stealing jewellery, and registered cases against two auditors of a private gold jewel mortgage finance firm. It is learnt that the assessor while auditing and taking inventory of mortgaged jewels on July 27, 2011 had taken away 98 g of jewellery and instead kept a packet containing bundled paper in the bags meant for stocking the jewellery. This came to light during a check and on investigation, he confessed to have taken away another 340 g of jewellery from the Palani branch of the firm.
The city police and the Central Bureau of Investigation officials are questioning a north Indian official working at the Signal and Telecom workshop of Railways at Podanur, after the cash he deposited with a bank contained counterfeit currency notes.
The official reportedly borrowed Rs. 1 lakh from his friend and deposited the money in his father's account in Bihar. While the first bundle had all original notes, the second bundle had fifteen counterfeit Rs. 1,000 denomination notes. His friend is also being questioned.