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Crime down, says police chief

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI, DEC. 9. The crime rate had come down in the city compared to last year, the Police Commissioner, R. Nataraj, said here today.

Speaking to reporters after restoring stolen goods to their owners, the Commissioner said the number of crimes registered last year was 4,000. This year, however, only 3,200 cases had been registered.

In Pulianthope police district, 320 cases reported had been detected this year and goods worth Rs. 19.59 lakhs recovered.

This included gold jewellery weighing 262 sovereigns worth Rs. 11.12 lakhs, silver articles worth Rs. 10,000, 12 two-wheelers valued at Rs. 2.15 lakhs, two autorickshaws valued at Rs. 40,000, a van worth Rs. 2.5 lakhs, 18 cellular phones, and Rs. 2.85 lakhs in cash. The Pulianthope Deputy Commissioner, R. Samuthrapandi, said only 24 cases remained unsolved this year.

Meanwhile, miscreants climbed the "gopuram" of an Amman temple in M. K. B. Nagar to steal five brass "kalasams". Mani, Adhi Kesavan, Vel Murugan and Thomas have been arrested in connection with the theft.

In other developments, the Fishing Harbour police arrested a 22-year-old man, who reportedly killed a five-month-old child in Kasimedu.

Mr. Nataraj said Mani insisted that the child's mother to live with him.

When she refused, he murdered the child.

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