TAMIL NADU

Four Sri Lankan Tamil refugees held for robbery

Four Sri Lankan Tamil refugees have been arrested in connection with robbery and housebreaking incidents in the district over the last two months.

Eighty sovereigns of gold jewellery have been recovered from the quartet.

The incidents were reported in Ramanathapuram, Paramakudi and Uchipuli areas and the modus operandi was similar.

Special teams

Special teams, led by Kenikarai Inspector of Police M. Kalai Arasan and Serious Crime Squad Sub-Inspector of Police Sivasami, launched an investigation and arrested the accused recently.

Police said the special teams, acting under the instruction of Superintendent of Police Omprakah Meena, launched a hunt for persons engaged in whitewashing after discovering that the targeted houses were near to a house that was recently whitewashed.

The four accused, Jayanthan, 26, Vijidaran, 32, Parthiban alias Deepan, 27 and Dharmakumar alias Dharma, 37, were at the new bus stand here with whitewashing and painting material when a police team became suspicious and detained them.

Interrogation showed that they were involved in at least three housebreaking and robbery cases since September.

The accused stayed at the Mandapam refugee camp several years ago.

Later, one of them was shifted to a refugee camp in Tirupur and another to Pollachi.

Jayanthan, while imprisoned at the Central Prison in Puzhal, after his arrest on charges of trying to illegally sail to Sri Lanka, established contacts with others and indulged in the crimes, police said.

Modus operandi

Their modus operandi was to target houses after watching the movement of inmates while undertaking whitewashing work in the area and commit the robbery at night.

All four accused were produced before a magistrate court and remanded in judicial custody.

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