Fake documents

The Royapettah police on Friday arrested five persons belonging to Hyderabad, including a broker, on charges of submitting fake documents to the U.S. Consulate here to obtain visas.

Police sources said Mirza Hussain Ali Khan (24), Dheeraj Rajnikanth (34), Mohammed Muja (24) and Mir Sadath Ali Khan (32) had come to the U.S. Consulate for visa interview. They had produced documents stating work experience in a firm in Hyderabad, invitations from a U.S. firm to attend an IT fair in Edison, New Jersey, and bank papers on the four of them holding accounts in a private bank in Hyderabad.

During the scrutiny, the staff at the Consulate found that all the documents were forged. Hadi Hussain (34), a broker, who arranged the fake documents for a fee of Rs.1 lakh each was also apprehended, police sources added. All the five men were remanded to custody and sent to the Puzhal prison.

Man attacks wife, kills self

A 60-year-old man, in an inebriated state, attacked his wife with a kitchen knife at their home in Veerapuram near Avadi on Friday. He later committed suicide fearing that she might die.

Avadi Tank Factory police said Thomas and Fatima Mary (53) were residents of Thiruvalluvar Street, Moorai Anna Nagar. Thomas was an alcoholic and used to assault his wife often.

On Friday afternoon, Thomas and Mary had an argument. Thomas attacked his wife with a knife on the neck and hand. Mary fell unconscious. Thomas feared that she might die soon and hanged himself, police said.

She was admitted to the Government General Hospital where she is undergoing treatment.

Cash, valuables stolen

Unidentified persons stole gold jewellery, cash and a watch from a lodge on Halls Road, Egmore, on Friday. According to police, the victim, Srinivasan (37), is a political party functionary from Tirunelveli.

On Friday morning, he slept without bolting the door of his room. He woke up to realise that his chain, ring, a watch and some cash were missing.

Held for fraud

The Central Crime Branch of the city police arrested two brothers on charges of cheating several persons to the tune of Rs.3 crore. According to an official press release, Swaminathan (41) and his brother Manikandan (25) of Kerala had set up an unregistered chit fund agency in Arumbakkam last year and got 700 persons to invest a total of Rs.3 crore. The duo promised high returns.

When they failed to pay the promised interest and the principal many depositors lodged a police complaint. In another case, a CCB team on Friday arrested a chit fund agency owner who absconded with the depositors' money. Police said Selvam alias Siva Selvam (65), a retired RBI official and resident of Diwan Bahadur Shanmugam Street in Kilpauk, who owned Creative Trading Services, had lured many by promising them attractive monthly interest.

Fire in godown

A major fire broke out in a godown stocked with barrels of paint thinner at Periyakulam, Maduravoyal, on Saturday.

No one was injured in the incident.Close to 5,000 litres of thinner stored in 50 barrels went up in flames.