The Egmore police on Wednesday arrested a woman ganja dealer in Pudupet. A total of 1.4 kg of the contraband was seized from her.
Police sources said Mallika (40), a resident of Transport Line, Pudupet, was a known offender and had been arrested several times for possessing and selling drugs. Following specific information, a police team from Egmore conducted a raid at her house on Wednesday evening, seized ganja and arrested her.
A search is on for Ravanan of Pulianthope, who is suspected to have supplied the contraband to Mallika.
An unidentified man robbed a cine actor of her handbag containing cash and a credit card in Pondy Bazaar on Wednesday.
The Mambalam police sources identified the victim as Sathyapriya (57), a Tamil film and television actor, who is a resident of Ramanujam Street, T Nagar. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Wednesday when Sathyapriya parked her car outside a restaurant on Pondy Bazaar. She placed the order and was waiting for the takeaway parcel.
A young man approached her and diverted her attention by saying that some currency notes were lying near the car. When she stepped out to check, he took her handbag from the car by opening another door and fled. The bag contained Rs. 60,000 and a credit card, sources said. The Mambalam police are investigating.
Teenager found hanging
A teenager allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his house on Wednesday. Police suspect that his repeated failure in the class X examination led him to take the extreme step.
The Mylapore police said the deceased, Kathiravan (17) of Apparsamy Koil Street in Mylapore, committed suicide by hanging with a belt on the first floor of his house on Wednesday night. The teenager who was good in sports is said to have been weak in studies, police said. On Thursday morning, he was found hanging by his parents.
Vehicles, rubber products charred
Three vehicles and some rubber products were destroyed in two different fire accidents on Wednesday night.
Fire and Rescue Service sources said that a godown on Perumal Koil Garden, Walltax Road, caught fire around 11.20 p.m. Three fire tenders from the Madras High Court and Washermenpet fire stations were rushed to the spot and the fire was extinguished within an hour. Rubber products and Siddha medicines kept inside the godown were destroyed. No one was injured in the incident, sources said.
In another incident, around 10 p.m., a fire broke out on the premises of Sengalvarayan Naicker Building damaging three jeeps parked there. Three fire tenders from the Egmore, Kilpauk and Guindy fire stations were rushed to the spot.
The cause of both the incidents is under investigation.
The decomposed body of a man was found inside a canal near the Kasturba Nagar MRTS station on Thursday. Police suspect it to be a case of drowning.
The Adyar police identified the deceased as R. Gopi (35), a laundry man and resident of Padavattamman Koil Street in Abiramapuram. Around 10 a.m., some pedestrians spotted the body and informed the police who conducted preliminary investigations. His identity was ascertained after a slip containing the phone number of his relative was found in his shirt pocket.
Gopi used to get epileptic seizures and was undergoing treatment, the police said.
The body was sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for post-mortem.