Los­ing jobs to lock­down, trio takes to sell­ing ganja; ar­rested

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CHEN­NAI: Three men who took to ganja ped­dling af­ter los­ing jobs due to the lock­down were ar­rested near Chromepet on Tues­day. Over two kg of ganja and two bikes were seized from them.

The ar­rested were iden­ti­fied as Baskar (21) and Muthulinga­m (28) of Gudu­vanch­ery and Sar­a­vanan (34) of Ura­pakkam. On Tues­day, the po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that ganja is be­ing sup­plied near the Chromepet bus stop. Soon, cops in civvies went there and found three men lin­ger­ing around at the bus stop. On check­ing their two bikes, po­lice found two kg of ganja kept con­cealed.

Af­ter seiz­ing the ganja and the bikes, po­lice ar­rested the trio and took them to Chromepet sta­tion. Dur­ing the in­quiry, they said they were work­ing in dif­fer­ent pri­vate firms in Chen­nai and af­ter los­ing their jobs due to the lock­down a few months ago started sell­ing ganja for a liv­ing. Po­lice reg­is­tered a case and are prob­ing the source of ganja and oth­ers in­volved.

Two women among four held with 2.5 kg ganja Mean­while, Tiru­vot­tiyur po­lice ar­rested four ped­dlers, in­clud­ing two women and seized 2.5 kg ganja and an au­torick­shaw from them. The ac­cused were iden­ti­fied as K Manikan­dan (27) of Sa­dayankup­pam, his wife Divya (25), B Prabakaran (29) of Kasimedu and P Man­jula (45) of Tiru­vot­tiyur. Based on a tip-off, po­lice se­cured the gang on North Char­iot Street in Tiru­vot­tiyur on Tues­day evening when they were ped­dling ganja from an au­torick­shaw. Three mo­bile phones and Rs 2,000 in cash were also seized from them be­fore they were re­manded in ju­di­cial cus­tody.

Muthulinga­m Sar­a­vanan


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