In a shocking revelation, the district police is conducting a probe into a Special Sub Inspector, who has been accused of cheating several persons by giving them drug-laced temple prasatham. Police on Friday said the SSI is suspected to be involved in several such cases registered in the district. They are also on the look out for two other accused in the case.
According to the police, Andichamy (46) from armed reserve quarters here was working with the dog squad in the city.
According to a complaint filed by retired Sub Inspector of Police Maharajan with Oomachikulam police, a man, who was standing at the Iyer Bungalow junction, approached him saying he was a real estate agent who knew Maharajan very well. After the two men ‘familiarised’ themselves, Maharajan said he was taken to a secluded place on the pretext of showing him a piece of land, which was available for sale.
During their conversation, the man offered Gulab Jamun to Maharajan, saying it was the prasatham of Srivilliputhur Andal temple. After eating the sweet, the former policeman reportedly fell unconscious. After recovering consciousness, Maharajn found his valuables like ring and chain missing. There was no sign of the man who brought him there.
Based on Maharajan’s petition, a special team of District Superintendent of Police V Balakrishnan conducted investigations, during which they discovered the involvement of SSI Andichamy and two other persons.
The police trapped Andichamy through a mobile phone which he had stolen from another victim in a similar way. A team led by Inspector Muthukumar cracked the case using the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of the stolen phone.
During interrogation, Andichamy reportedly confessed to the crime and pointed at the involvement of two accomplices who were real estate agents.