Palakkad: Police have issued an extreme caution warning in the state, including the border districts, as a gang of robbers from North India is suspected to have reached Kerala with dangerous weapons.

The two robberies reported from Ernakulam and a murder and robbery in Cheemeni in Kasaragod led to the suspicion. During a vehicle check to find the robbers who looted an ATM in Coimbatore, 8 were nabbed from Salem and Namakkal. Weapons including guns, 3 cars and a lorry also was seized from them. Tamil Nadu Police said that they are members of a robbery gang. All of them were natives of North Indian states.

The householders had said that the robbers who broke into the houses in Thrippunithura and Kochi Pulleppadi spoke Hindi. It is assumed that the criminals involved in the Cheemeni incident also are Hindi speaking robbers.

Police have caught 3 persons after chasing a Rajasthan registration lorry which did not stop during the checking at Seelanaickenpatti bypass in Salem. Another 3 were caught at the same time from Namakkal from a Maharashtra registration car with money and weapons, including a AK47 gun. Police have taken them into custody for interrogation.

The police suspect that the gang arrive in lorries and other vehicles and return after looting. The vehicle checking in the national highways and the state borders have been made stricter. District Police Chiefs have been given caution warning.

The CCTV footages in the toll plazas along the national highways also are being examined. Palakkad District Police Chief Pratheesh Kumar said that the border districts, including Palakkad, are following the instructions for security and that more information cannot be disclosed.