PUDUCHERRY:Police arrested a 20-year-old man from Kattumannarkudi, Ariyalur District of Tamil Nadu, for lifting two-wheelers from various places in Puducherry and Chennai.
Inspector, Grand Bazaar circle, Chintha Kothandaram told reporters on Friday that Vijay (20), S/o Kumar, Theppakulam Street, Kattumannarkoil, Ariyalur district of Tamil Nadu was involved in the stealing of 13 bikes, worth Rs 10 lakh.
The Circle inspector Chintha Kothandaram said Vijay, employed as ticket seller in a cinema theatre in Chennai, stole bikes from there while he was on his way to his home town on leave. He also picked up bikes from Puducherry, which is on his bus route, Kothandaram added.
Following the efforts to curb two-wheeler thefts, Inspector General of Police, Praveer Ranjan had asked the police officers to form special teams and to engage in constant checking, Kothandaram said.
One of such teams, led by Sub-inspector Sivapragasam while checking at the junction of Fransuva Martin Street and Lallithollandal Street noticed a person, who came riding a Hero Honda motor cycle under suspicious circumstances.
On seeing the police party, he tried to escape, but the police team managed to catch him.
On questioning, he gave unconvincing answers following which he was taken to station and further questioned.
After persistent inquiries he revealed his name as Vijay. The person also admitted that the bike was stolen from a private hotel at the Beach Road.
Vijay further revealed that he had stolen 12 more bikes including expensive ones like Yamaha FZ, from different places in Puducherry and Chennai for the past six months. The 13 bikes, worth Rs 10 lakh, were seized from him.
A case was registered and Vijay was arrested. The accused was remanded to judicial custody on Friday.
Inspector General of Police, Praveer Ranjan congratulated Inspector Chintha Kothandaraman, Station House Officer R Ramesh, Sub-inspectors S Velou, P Sivapragasam, Head Constables Ramalingam, Raju and Constables Ambedkar, Veerappan, Pazhani and Silambarasan.