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Five-member gang nabbed from Chala

By Our Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram April 18. The Fort Police arrested a five-member gang allegedly involved in several chain-snatching and armed robbery from Chala on Saturday night.

Those arrested are Kunjumon Shaji (33) and Kumar alias Kumaran (29), both residents of Pallichal, Chandran alias `Chalukku' Chandran (35), a resident of Pravachambalam, Kunjumon alias `Valiyapodiyan', a resident of Muttathara and Shaji (31), a resident of Vellarada.

The police said the accused were arrested by a team led by the Fort Circle Inspector, T.F. Xavier, and the Sub Inspector, Rajkumar, when they were found lurking in the darkness armed with daggers and chilly powder near the Mutharamman Temple at Chala at around 11-30 p.m. on Saturday.

The police said the gang was involved in several cases of chain-snatching in the city in which motorbikes were used to carry out the crime. The Chengannur police had recovered a motorcycle which was used by Kunjumon Shaji and `Valiyapodiyan' to target a house in that area.

Kunjumon Shaji had been released from the Poojappura Central Jail in February last, the police said. While in jail, he had hatched a plan to carry out a bank robbery and escape to Tamil Nadu. After some scouting, Shaji and others had fixed upon a cooperative bank in Manimala for the purpose.

The gang needed money for carrying out the plan and they were caught when they were waiting to rob a wholesale merchant at Chala who was leaving with cash to be remitted in the bank, the police said.

According to the police, the gang had admitted to snatching a 10-sovereign gold chain belonging to a 75-year-old woman, Sarojini Ammal, a resident of West Street in East Fort, on March 28. The gang was also believed to be behind the snatching of an 8.5 sovereign gold chain belonging to Omana, a resident of Marayamuttom in Neyyattinkara. The gang had injured the woman on her neck with a knife before snatching the chain.

Kunjumon Shaji is accused in 38 robbery cases, 16 of which are being tried in the courts at present. Kumaran is accused in 16 cases and "Chalukku" Chandran in 20.

The accused were later produced before the Thiruvananthapuram Judicial First Class Magistrate and remanded for 15 days in the Attakkulangara Sub Jail.

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