Inter-State gang held; gold, cash recovered

Staff Correspondent

PUTTUR: The Puttur town police have arrested four people, including three members of an inter-State gang, in connection with a theft that took place in a house at Salmara on January 27.

The police team laid a trap for the accused at the railway station here and recovered gold ornaments worth about Rs. 2.4 lakh and Rs. 22,402 in cash from them.

Harsha P.S., Assistant Superintendent of Police, Puttur sub-division, told The Hindu that those arrested were Saiju alias Shiju (29), a resident of Thottipalam in Calicut, Kerala; Shaji (30), a resident of Talakolatthur in Calicut; Baava alias Pramod (39), a resident of Pudunkara village in Calicut; and Mohammad Salam (18), a resident of Salmara in Puttur taluk.

Saiju had been convicted of property offences in the past, Dr. Harsha said. Saiju along with Shaji and Baava allegedly targeted the house of Sirajuddin at Salmara, when the complainant was away with his family on January 27. Mohammad Salam had allegedly helped the trio identify the house that was locked and facilitated them in carrying out the theft, Dr. Harsha said.

The accused were produced before the JMFC court here on Saturday. The court remanded Saiju and Baava into police custody up to Sunday and the other two accused into judicial custody up to March 2.

Dr. Harsha said the team was following further leads about the operations of the inter-State gang.