Two lorry drivers were relieved of Rs. 44,750 in separate incidents near Kallikudi on the Madurai-Virudhunagar highway on Thursday. While M. Soundarapandian (29)) of Tenkasi was relieved of Rs. 40,750 at knifepoint, the other victim, V. Raja (31) of Tirunelveli, was beaten with clubs by masked men as he offered resistance to part with more than Rs. 4,000, the police said. The first incident occurred at Nesaneri junction around 1.30 a.m. Raja was driving a lorry with a consignment of chlorine cylinders to the TNPL at Pugalur from Darangadara Chemical Works in Tuticorin district.

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