Robbery at journalist’s house in Kannur: Accused nabbed from Delhi
Kannur: Valiant efforts by the police resulted in the capture of the accused in the attack and robbery at the house of Mathrubhumi Kannur unit news editor Vinod Chandran and wife at Uruvachal in Kannur city.
The accused, Muhammad Hilal was a member of a Bangladesh based robbery gang. He was caught by Kannur city police inspector Pradeepan Kannippoyil and ASI Rajeevan near Seemapuri in Delhi two days ago. The police team will bring him to Kannur on Friday early morning.
The police reached Delhi two days ago following information from a source connected to the Bangladeshi gang, but was not involved in the robbery at Kannur. The police had earlier arrested the informant on suspicion but was let off after finding that he was not involved in the robbery. He was assigned to provide information about the gang.
Bilal was nabbed while trying to escape to Howrah after growing suspicious that a police team had come to arrest him. The arrest was aided by Delhi police and several Malayalis from Delhi. Bilal reportedly told the police that the robbery in Kannur was his first and the gang members including their leader Illyas was in Bangladesh.
The incident of burglary took place on September 6, when a four-member gang broke into the house of Vinod Chandran in Thazhe Chovva area during the wee hours. Vinod and his wife, Saritha were tied up, blindfolded and brutally assaulted by the burglars. 30 soverigns of gold, cash, three mobile phones and a laptop were stolen by the culprits.
The police, who received clues that the gang was from Bangladesh in the initial stage itself, centred the investigation around mobile towers. Kannur city inspector Pradeepan Kannippoyil held the investigations which was overseen by DySP PP Sadanandan.
There were clues that the robbers escaped with the loot on train. The police confirmed that the robbers were from Bangladesh after tracing calls that came through all mobile tower locations in Kannur and Thalassery.
Police traced a number which contacted the robbers from Delhi frequently and took the owner in custody. He was later let off but the move helped the police receive information about the robbers. The police had been staying and searching in Delhi and Bangladesh border for several days.