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The toy pistol, sword and money seized by the Pettah police in the city on Tuesday.
The accused were identified as Aji and Vikraman alias `Pacha' Vikraman. A toy pistol, sword and Rs. 29,000 were also seized from the accused. The police said the youth were arrested when a team led by the Sub-Inspector (Pettah), Rajkumar, was patrolling the area.
According to police, the SI saw a car parked in front of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) facility at Anayara. When the police challenged the occupants, they found a person being held hostage at sword point in the car by the accused. Another person, Kunnukuzhy Santhosh, was also being investigated in connection with the siezure.
Police said `Pacha' Vikraman figured as accused in more than 30 cases, including attempt to murder and assault.
Police said the man who was held being hostage was a contractor. A woman who was with the contractor had fled from the youth and sought the help of the Kazhakottam police who arrived at the scene some time later.
Meanwhile, the DYFI today staged marches to the Police Circle Inspector offices, in protest against the `growing mafia culture in the State and the inaction on the part of the police to rein in goondaism'.
The district secretary of the CPI(M), M. Vijayakumar, inaugurated the march held to the Fort police station in the city.
The State president of the DYFI, P.R. Vasanthan, addressed the activists who staged a `dharna' before the CI office near the museum.
The march at Nemom was inaugurated by S.S. Rajalal, the district president of the DYFI.
Hundreds of men and women took part in the marches in the major centres.
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