Police action sparks tension in Tuticorin

Staff Reporter

TUTICORIN: Tension prevailed in the town for a while as hundreds of jewellers and goldsmiths resorted to a road roko near Municipal Office alleging police atrocities against three jewellers and their family members.

The jewellers alleged that three of their colleagues were taken into the custody recently on the charge that they had bought gold articles from thieves.

There was no breakthrough in the investigation.

Still the jewellers were kept in the police custody for questioning and their kith and kin were harassed so that they resorted to road roko, they told mediapersons.

Later, the jewellers marched to the Collectorate after closing their shops and submitted memorandum to senior revenue officials (in the absence of Collector) to take action against erring police officials.

Five held for gambling

The police have arrested five persons on the charge of gambling during raids conducted at various places in the district.

They said that Chitravel and four others were taken into custody from Mullakadu falling under Muthiapuram police station limits.

Woman held for theft

The police have arrested Ayesha (40) on the charge of stealing a three-sovereign chain belonging to Lakshmi (35) while she was on her way to Srivaikuntam from Ramanathapuram in a bus on May 10.

Four lorry drivers held

Four lorry drivers were arrested on Sunday when they allegedly prevented a police official from delivering his duty.

Police sources said the incident took place near SIPCOT industrial estate when a Sub-Inspector attached to Pudukottai highway patrol team stopped four lorries for a routine check.

When the SI asked them to produce documents, Kumar, Murugan, Sunderraj and Dharmaraj questioned the decision and used filthy words against the officer, sources added.

The accused were remanded in custody.

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