CHENNAI: Police arrested two persons on Tuesday for breaking into three temple hundis on ECR during the recent floods in the city.
The accused, R Ajith (19) and S.Mohan (20), were arrested by a special team from their hideout in Panruti near Tindivanam on Monday and brought to the city.The duo told cops that they spent the cash on booze in Puducherry. Police said the two were school dropouts and from Bharathi Nagar, Neelankarai doing odd jobs in the city. Taking advantage of the recent floods, they broke into three temples - Sivan temple, Gangaiamman temple and Vaiyapuri Vinayakam temple in Injambakkam, police said. When the flood water receded, the priests found the hundis broken open and alerted the police.
“CCTV footages near one of the temples showed the two wading through water towards the temple,” police said. Probe showed that the two had fled their temporary residence in Neelankarai after which the needle of suspicion turned toward them.
On information, a team went to Panruti where Ajith was arrested and later they nabbed Mohan. The two were produced before Alandur magistrate court and remanded in judicial custody. Police estimated the stolen sum to be around Rs 15,000.