Puducherry, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

Police arrested a notorious chain-snatcher and recovered 62.5 sovereigns of ornaments worth over 20 lakh from him here today.


Senior Superintendent of Police (Law and Order), Omvir Singh Bishnoi, IPS, told reporters that the notorious habitual offender, Kumaravel @ Kumaran (35) was involved in many chain-snatching incidents in Puducherry. The man, who hail from Chennai, but now residing at Methma Nagar, Pakkamudiuanpet,here was also involved in 8 cases of chain snatching in places like Mylapore, Teynampet, Zam Bazaar of Chennai. He was also booked by Zam Bazaar police station under Goondas Act in 2011. This is first case in the history of Puducherry in the recent past, gold Jewels weighing 90 sovereigns, worth more than 20 lakhs were seized from a single criminal. The police also seized two wheelers, video camera, camera, LCD TV, and a washing machine bought by Kumaran after selling the jewelry. The police could recover 62.5 sovereigns and the rest of 30 sovereigns were yet to be recovered.

Giving details of operation to nab the notorious criminal, the SSP said police noticed the modus operandi of the pin pointed investigation on a person, who came riding a particular two wheeler and snatched the chain and fled.

A special team, led of Grand Bazaar circle inspector, Chintha Kothandaram with direct supervision of Superintendent of Police (North), Gunasegaran. The team studied the CCTV footages of the snatching incidents form different police station limits, They developed clues about one particular snatcher, Kumaran, and the special team under sub inspector Sivapakasam arrested himon Friday at around 5.45 pm from the Fransua Martin street. During interrogation, he admitted his involvement in 18 cases in different police station limits. The special team also consisted sub inspectors, P K Sajith, Segar, Muruganantham, Kumar and constables Ramalingam, Murali, Raju, Sankar, Chandramouli, Pazhani , Maxime, Ambethkar, Silambarasan.

Director General of Police, P Kamaraj, IPS and Inspector General of Police Praveer Ranjan, IPS congratulated the team members.

(Posted on 24-05-2014)