Staff Reporter

For allegedly trying to lift iron rods

KULITHALAI: The Lalapet police have arrested seven persons from Tiruchi who allegedly tried to cart away 4.5 tonnes of steel rods meant for use in the construction of the road over bridge at Lalapet by the National Highways Authority of India.

The steel rods were kept near the Chintalavadi Railway Station. It is said that some persons hired a lorry to carry away the rods. But the lorry driver sensed something wrong and dumped them but not before informing the villagers that the group was up to some mischief.

The villagers rounded up seven persons of the group identified as Raja Mohamed (31), Mubarak (30), Thilakaran (20), Selvam (28), Ramesh (36) Elangovan (30) and Shanmugam (26), all belonging to the Palakkarai area of Tiruchi.

The villagers then handed over the seven to Lalapet police who produced them before the Judicial Magistrate who remanded them to custody.

The seven accused were then shifted to the Tiruchi Central Prisons.