City Police are probing into the dacoity in which a seven-member gang entered the house of Somasundaram at Kalapatti in the small hours of Sunday and decamped with Rs. 1.4 lakh in cash and 11 sovereigns of jewellery.

Police suspect the role of construction workers, as Mr. Somasundaram had just brought funds from the bank for construction work. Availability of cash inside the house was known to the construction workers, the police said.

Similarly, the police are also looking for camera trap images from the cameras installed at check posts and signals to know about the movement of the van allegedly used by the dacoits.

Commotion

Tense moments prevailed near Kottai Easwaran temple on Monday morning, following an attempt to demolish a wall under construction in front of a small place of worship.

On hearing the information, activists of Hindu outfit gathered there and raised slogans condemning the move to stall the construction of the wall, which was being done at the request of the devotees. Police, Revenue officials reached the place and held talks. They said that an inquiry would be conducted before permitting further construction. This was objected to by the Hindu outfit activists. They later decided to take up the matter with the top police officials and District Collector.

Inquiry ordered

An inquiry has been ordered into a complaint by four students from Chennai who had accused three police personnel on night patrol duty of intimidating them for “attempted” extortion of money. Vijay Anand of Fifth Pillar had preferred a complaint with the police on Sunday regarding the incident that took place at Lawley Road Junction on Saturday night.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Hema Karunagaran said that based on Commissioner's directive, an inquiry would be conducted and if charges were found to be true, the three police personnel would be subjected to departmental disciplinary action.

Shop gutted

An electrical accessories shop at Thomas Street – Oppanakkara Street Junction was gutted by a fire on Monday evening. The arrival of Fire and Rescue Services on time and disconnection of power supply, saved the day, otherwise the fire could have had a ravaging effect, said N. Subramanian, Divisional Fire Officer and P. Annadurai, Station Fire Officer – Coimbatore South.

As a result of the fire, traffic in the busy shopping area was disrupted. Cause of fire and extent of damage are under investigation.

Forest fire

A fire that broke out in the Melmudi Ranganather temple reserve forests near Nanjundapuram in Pannimadai area has caused anxiety among the public.

It is learnt that the bushfire resulted in damage to vegetations causing fear of death of wildlife.

Forest Department sources said that the fire that broke out at 3 p.m. on Saturday has been put out by the forest department personnel and there had not been any incidents of death of wildlife.

Man held

Immigration Wing officials at the Coimbatore Airport detained Krishnan (36) for possessing passport with fake address.

When examined it was found that the passport holder actually belonged to Palakkad in Kerala and had obtained the passport using a fake address through a travel agent ten years ago.

A case has been registered under the provisions of Indian Passports Act and investigations are on.

Boy found dead

Santhosh (4), son of Madurai Veeran of Theni, working in a brick kiln, was found dead in a well near his house in Karamadai.

It is learnt that the boy went missing on Saturday. The boy's body was found floating in the well on Monday.

Police suspect it to be an accidental death. Investigations are on.

Chain-snatching

Investigations are on into an incident, in which Lakshmi Muthiah (54) was robbed of her 12 sovereign gold chain, when she stepped out of her house in VK Lane of Thomas Street at 4 a.m. on Monday. Police have registered a case and investigations are on.

Worker electrocuted

Sambu (34), a worker from Bihar, working in a package material manufacturing unit at Bodipalayam near Annur suffered an electric shock resulting in his death. Investigations are on.

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