Staff Reporter

All but one accused to be produced before Egmore court today

CHENNAI: The 11-member gang from Kolkata, which was allegedly involved in many grille offence cases in the city, was brought here on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Commissioner of Police Letika Saran said that following complaints of missing gold and cash from many locked dwellings, a special team, led by Additional Commissioner S R Jangid secured the gang in Kolkata a couple of days ago, on a tip-off.

She said that for over three months, information had been gathered from each scene of occurrence, based on inputs given by victims, their neighbours and some eyewitness accounts. "Whenever we came across with any specific clue to the movement of any accused who had hidden in some neighbouring State or as far as cities such as Ahmedabad and Nagpur, we tracked them and established the gang's involvement," she said.

It was a team effort of the Chennai police, Mr Jangid said and commended the role of the special team comprising 300 to 350 personnel including ACPs, Inspectors, Sub-Inspectors and constables who had done a plenty of leg work in resolving the case. "We took it as a challenge. This will be a relief to the residents", he summed up.

Except for one woman accused, all members of the gang including two women would be produced before the Egmore court on Friday and remanded to judicial custody, Ms. Saran said, adding that since the grille offences were reported from the Mount, Mylapore, Triplicane, Anna Nagar and Ambattur police districts, all the respective Deputy Commissioners would be involved in the interrogation process, while Mr. Jangid, Mr. Sandeep Rai Rathore, and Mr. Dorairaj would coordinate.

One of the arrested women in Kolkata was handed over to the local police, as she was pregnant.

Police custody

Ms Saran said that the police teams had not seized or recovered any property from the gang. "First, we will take them into custody and question. Subsequently, based on their confession, we will examine the modalities to recover the stolen properties."