The Tiruchi police have arrested Ganesh, a suspected associate of Tiruchi Lalitha Jewellery burglary case mastermind Murugan, and recovered three kg of gold plus 5 kg of silver from him.
He was arrested on Saturday hours after the interrogation of Murugan held at the Perambalur armed reserve police camp. Murugan was snatched from Bengaluru police custody when he was being taken back to Bengaluru after recovering stolen gold ornaments from the Cauvery river bed in Tiruverambur.
The Bengalore who took custody of Murugan after he surrendered before a judicial magistrate in Bengaluru, brought him secretly to Tamil Nadu without informing the local police on Saturday. Acting on a tipoff, the Perambulur police intercepted their Karnataka registered number at a vehicle check point and snatched Murugan from their custody.
He was taken to the Perambulur armed reserve police camp where he was grilled. On the basis of information gathered from him, the police arrested Ganesh, an associate, from Madurai.
With this the total persons arrested in connection with the Oct 3 early morning burglary in the Lalitha Jewellery showcase at Chatharam bus stand in Tiruchi has gone up to five. The arrested include Murugan, his nephew Suresh( who had earlier surrendered before a court in Chengam in Tiruvannamalai), his mother Kanagavalli, friend Manikandan and now Ganesh.
Police claim to have recovered 17 kg out of total 27 kg looted from the showroom and valued at Rs 13 crore. All the stolen jewels have been identified by Lalitha owner Vinay Kumar.
The Karnataka police have taken the recovered jewels to Bengaluru for production in the judicial magistrate court.
The Tamil Nadu special police is expected to move another application on Monday, seeking Murugan’s custody on the ground that he is wanted in another case –of Punjab National Bank robbery in Tiruchi in 2016. It will also stake claim for the recovered jewels by showing evidence that they were stolen from Lalitha Jewellery showroom in Tiruchi.
Even before the court could pass an order on their first application the Bengaluru police took Murugan into custody and took him to Tamil Nadu to recover the stolen jewels from a hideout.