CHENNAI: Two class X students drowned in a pond in a stone quarry at Tirusulam on Thursday. After a day-long search, fire and rescue personnel pulled out their bodies on Friday.
Police said the boys, R Ebenezer (15) and N Srinath (15), had informed their parents that they were going to a shop but instead had gone to the quarry. Parents began looking for the boys when they did not return home after nightfall.
“When they enquired with their friends, they were informed that the two used to often visit the quarry to play in the pond. We found indicators that the boys had been in the pool,” said a police officer.
On Friday, fire and rescue personnel pulled out the bodies at around 5 pm. As swimming in the pond was dangerous, the place had been blocked for vehicular movement.
However, people continued to sneak through the barricades for a dip in the pond. Pallavaram police registered a case.
Another Acid Attack
In an acid attack, a 45-year-old woman suffered burns at the hands of a mason with whom she has been living for the past two years following a quarrel between them, as he suspected her fidelity. The incident took place at Thoraipakkam, near here, on Friday afternoon.
Police said Selvi (45), the victim, working as a construction labourer, under Venkatesan, (50), the mason, entered into an altercation over the issue. In a fit of rage, Venkatesan pick up toilet-cleaning acid and hurled it at her.
She was moved to Government Royapettah Hospital, while the other workers overpowered Venkatesan and handed him over to the Thoraipakkam police.
In the daylight robbery reported in Villivakkam earlier this week, one more person had been arrested by the City Police.
Police have already arrested two women in connection with this case on Thursday itself and thali chain, which was one among the jewels robbed was recoverd from one of the arrested women. On Monday last, a housewife and a resident of Villivakkam complained she was tied down at knife-point and robbed of 20 sovereigns of gold.
Investigations revealed that the women knew the victim for over a month and visited her residence along with two men on the day of the robbery.
The gang reportedly spent some time before they threatened and robbed her at knife-point.
In the same case, Vijayakumar, a call taxi driver, was arrested and being remanded to Judicial Custody.
Two more persons who were also part of the robbery gang are still at large.