Two cases of robbery were reported in the city since Friday night and both the incidents involved attention diversion tactics, police said.
In the first incident at Anna Nagar, a 66-year-old businessman was relieved of `6 lakh in cash by two bike-borne persons.
The victim Subash, a resident of Gandhi Nagar at Ambattur, had withdrawn cash from a bank at 2nd Avenue, Anna Nagar, and was returning home by car with the bag containing the cash beside his seat. When the vehicle neared 13th Main Road, the duo knocked at the window and told Subash that car’s the rear tyre was punctured. When he got out of the car to check, the duo grabbed the bag and sped away.
Subash runs a private cardboard box-manufacturing unit at Ambattur Industrial Estate.
Thirumangalam police registered a case and are on the lookout for the duo.
In another similar incident near Poonamallee, a couple was relieved of `1 lakh in cash after some chemical substance was hurled at the man. Police said Ravikumar, (42), and his wife Usha (37), both employees of a private firm and residing at Karunakaran Nagar in Poonamallee, had withdrawn cash from a bank and were walking towards their under-construction home in the same area, when Ravikumar felt an itching sensation on his neck. He stopped in his tracks because of the irritation when the thief, who had hurled the itchy substance, grabbed the cash from him and escaped. A complaint has been lodged with the police in this connection.
Five persons, including a couple, who allegedly forced young women into the flesh trade were arrested and five young girls rescued by the Anti-Vice Squad of Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the city police on Saturday.
The main accused was Mohan Reddy, a native of Andhra Pradesh,
Based on a tip-off, the squad raided Mohan Reddy’s hideout at Valasarawakkam and arrested him, his wife Ramana and another accomplice Tiruppathi. Three young women were rescued from them.
Mohan Reddy had come to the city 15 years ago to make it big as a producer in Kollywood. But, when that didn’t work out, he resorted to the flesh trade and was arrested twice under the Goondas Act in 2008 and in 2012, police said. In a similar raid at Pammal, two young women were rescued and the main accused Helmet Ravi held. The accused were remanded in judicial custody.