A sub-inspector and two constables were arrested and remanded to custody for 15 days for stealing Rs 8.5 lakh and gold ornaments during a prohibition raid in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.
Three cops were arrested for stealing Rs 8.5 lakh and gold ornaments during a prohibition raid in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. (Photo: File image for representation)
A sub-inspector and two constables were arrested and remanded to custody for 15 days for stealing Rs 8.5 lakh and gold ornaments during a prohibition raid at Kurumalai hills in Nachimedu village near Ariyur in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.
According to the police, they received information that illicit arrack was being brewed in the village. A raid was conducted by a team that included sub-inspector Anbalagan and police constables Ilayaraja and Yuvraj from Ariyur police station.
The police team destroyed 50 litres of hooch liquor, several barrels of fermented wash, and a stock of raw materials such as sugar, jaggery and tree by the distillers after the search. The cops also took Rs 8 lakh in cash and ten sovereigns in gold jewellery from the nearby homes of two hooch distillers, Selvam and Illango.
The cops were eventually stopped by the public who demanded that the cash and gold be returned to their rightful owners. The situation quickly became tense, and the cops were forced to notify their superiors, who requested the seizure be returned.
Residents protested and demanded action against the cops as they returned to the station after the incident. To appease the protesters, police officials filed two cases against the three cops and promised an investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, three specialised teams have been formed to track down the distillers in the hilly terrain. Drones have also been deployed to monitor the area.
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