VELLORE: Seven men posing as Income Tax officials in Mamandur village in Kaveripakkam looted 36 sovereigns of gold and Rs 20,000 from a camera man’s home in Vellore around 1 PM on Saturday.
K Ashok Kumar, a resident of Mamandur village works in Chennai for a private film studio. His wife, Saritha lives along with her father-in-law, K Mani, brother-in-law, Senthil and his wife Dhanalakshmi, in the locality.
According to a police official, seven men, neatlydressed in safari suits, posing as IT officials, showing fake ID-cards told the inmates of the house that they have a warrant to search their house and told them there was nothing to worry about. The conmen also gave the Panchnama form to the inmates which is a legal document ‘recording of observation by at least five people’ lending credibility to any investigating agency.
Four of the seven members searched the house while the other three members guarded the family members not allowing them to move an inch. Senthil protested the four conmen locking themselves inside the room from where they looted the gold and the cash. The men, however, after stealing the jewels and the money fled after locking the inmates in the house.
Senthil noted down the car number TN 01 AR 3161 and alerted the police. R Tamil Chandran, DIG of Police, Vellore Range and SP P K Senthil Kumari visited the spot and conducted the inquiry. “It seems everything was well planned and executed. Further investigation will reveal the truth,” said a police official.