CHENNAI: A woman, along with her two daughters, submitted a petition to the city police Commissionerate demanding that her husband be traced and alleged he was being detained unlawfully in an undisclosed place by the police. The police deny that he is in custody and accused the husband of several cases of purchasing stolen gold jewellery.
Catherine Priya, of Lakshmi Nagar in Nandivaram-Guduvancheri, said, four men claiming to be from Chromepet police station picked up her husband, Babu, from their home around 11.30 pm on December 26. Priya claimed that Babu had not been taken to Chromepet or Tambaram station. She also claimed that Guduvancheri police had picked up Babu on October 31 and ‘threatened’ the family into depositing 15 sovereigns of gold jewellery to secure his release, for which the police did not issue a receipt and threatened, instead, to file a FIR. Express learned from Guduvancheri circle inspector Nagalingam that Babu is accused of purchasing stolen jewellery from thieves. Nagalingam, while confirming the claim made by Priya that Babu was called up to the station on October 31, said it was to recover stolen property.
However, when Express contacted Chromepet police, they said no one by the name of Babu fitting the description given to them had been brought in for investigation leaving the whereabouts of Babu a mystery.