Parcel creates flutter

A parcel found abandoned near a teashop in Virugambakkam created a flutter on Saturday.

Police said a beep sound from the parcel caused panic among residents of Kumaran Colony.

The Virugambakkam police inspected the parcel and found the sender's details written on it.

When a special team tracked him at the address, he claimed to have booked the consignment to his friend.

While in transit the parcel service agency staff apparently misplaced it.

The parcel contained medical equipment, police added.

Man held for cheating

The Chennai Suburban Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on charges of cheating women to the tune of Rs.25 lakh after promising to get them loans.

A release from Commissioner Karan Singha said they received a complaint from B. Mala of Sikkarayapuram, Mangadu, that she and many others were cheated by a private firm run by G. Ramganesh.

According to her, the firm, Evergreen Foundation, functioning from Kumananchavadi, Poonamallee, run by Ramganesh, had employed five women coordinators.

The coordinators contacted women, especially those in self-help groups and asked them to become members of the firm.

The women were told by the coordinators that if they became members in Evergreen Foundation after paying a nominal sum as deposit, they could get loans between Rs.50,000 and Rs.1 lakh without a hassle.

Nearly 425 women became members of the firm paying sums between Rs.1,000 and Rs.5,000, according to Mala.

A case was registered and some weeks ago, one of the women coordinators, Jayanthi, was arrested.

On Saturday evening, Ramganesh was arrested at Tirupporur in Kancheepuram district. Further investigations were on, the release said.