Two persons, arrested on charges of raping a 50-year-old woman and subsequently murdering her were detained under Goondas Act on January 14.

According to police, the accused persons – Manikandan and Chinnaraj of Mannivakkam – raped and murdered the victim, a native of Orathur on September 26. The accused were caught by residents of the locality who had rushed to the scene of crime on hearing the alarm raised by the victim.

The duo, who were remanded to judicial custody came out on bail during the first week of January and attempted to rob a shop owner at knifepoint at Padappai. They were arrested again and remanded to judicial custody.

Subsequently, the Kancheepuram district police sought the consent of the District Collector to detain the duo under Goondas Act, After Collector, L. Sitherasenan approved, detention orders were served on the accused persons at Puzhal prison on January 14.