Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: A resident of Singapore who allegedly relieved two persons in Tamil Nadu of Rs.15 lakh each was arrested by the Central Crime Branch police at the Chennai airport on Friday. According to police sources, the accused Raji had approached Dhanasekharan of Ambattur claiming that an IT Park was coming up in Chennai and he would arrange a catering contract on payment of Rs.15 lakh as deposit. Similarly, the accused took another Rs.15 lakh from Selvaganesh of Tiruchi after promising a catering contract.

Raji neither arranged the contract nor returned the money. On a complaint, Commissioner of Police T.Rajendran formed a special team to apprehend the accused. On a tip-off that Raji was coming to Chennai from Singapore on Friday, the team arrested him at the airport. He was produced in a city court and remanded to judicial custody, the sources added.

Case against ship captain

The Harbour police have registered a case against the captain of an oil tanker ship on charges of negligence following the death of a steward who fell unconscious on board and later died at a hospital here on Friday.

According to police sources, B. Sathyan (28) of Punnakayal in Tuticorin district was cleaning the tank after the oil was unloaded. He, along with another employee Rafiq Raja, swooned. While Raja recovered a little later, Sathyan was rushed to the Government General Hospital, where he died. The ship had come from Kolkata.

Police registered a case against Captain Suraj Deshpandey and Second Officer Leonis Arun under Section 304 (a) (causing death by negligence), the sources added.

Fake notes seized

The collection agent of a life insurance company was detained for being in possession of Fake Indian Currency Notes.

According to police sources, W. Samuel (28) of Old Washermenpet had deposited Rs.49,000 in a bank on the Parry's Road. The cashier found 19 notes of Rs.1,000 denomination to be fake. On information, the North Beach police picked up the accused for interrogation, the sources added.

Hacked to death

Johnson (45), a Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam functionary residing in Chinna Colony, Ambattur, was allegedly hacked to death by a gang on Thursday night.

According to police sources, Johnson was returning home on a motorcycle when the armed gang with deadly weapons murdered him near Kalaivanar Nagar. A special team of the Ambattur police is investigating.

Woman succumbs to burns

Rathna, who suffered serious burns in an explosion at West Mambalam and was admitted to the Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital, died on Thursday night. Her husband ‘Bomb' Ravi, who was also admitted there, died a couple of days ago. The couple were injured when the explosion occurred in their house on Monday evening, police said.

Constable held

A police constable who allegedly misbehaved with a girl at B.V. Colony here was arrested by the police on Thursday.

According to police sources, the girl's father, Ganesan, lodged a complaint with Commissioner of Police T. Rajendran that constable Bharani, attached to the MKB Nagar police, had misbehaved with his daughter.

A special team formed to investigate the case apprehended Bharani on charges of wrongful restraint and causing injury. The accused was later released on bail, the sources added.