COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore district police have arrested six persons and seized `17 lakh in cash from them, which was stolen from two youths near Sulur in early July.
The case, which was one of the most high-profile which the district police had come across, involved the theft of `70 lakh in cash from two youths from Kerala.
Mohammed Rashid, 20, from Malappuram and Mohammed Riyas, were on the way back to Kerala from Salem after collecting `70 lakh from the business associate of Rashid’s father.
Rashid submitted a complaint to the Sulur police on July 6 alleging that around ten men, who came in a car, stopped their vehicle near Thennampalayam and assaulted them before driving off with their car and `70 lakh which was inside the vehicle. The car was later found abandoned near Palladam.Based on the instructions of the Coimbatore SP M Sudhakar, special teams were formed to nab the culprits. On Tuesday, at a press briefing, Sudhakar and the Inspector General of Police, West Zone, Davidson Devasirvadam, revealed the arrests of six persons and the retrieval of `17 lakh in cash as well as seven vehicles.
The six men arrested by the police were revealed to be Jobi Thomas, 32, from Thrissur, B Ayub, 25, from Athupalam, Coimbatore, Steel alias M Harikumar, 29, from Thiruvananthapuram, N Jaleel, 36, from Kuniyamuthur, Coimbatore, S Ameer, 30, from Kozhikode and Jimmy George, 36, from Idukki district. All have been remanded in custody.
All six men have been booked under section 397 (dacoity) of the IPC.
Davidson Devasirvadam told reporters that the case was an especially difficult one to crack as there were only a few clues at the crime scene. He added that a SIM card found in the area led to the major breakthrough in the case.