British couple rescued, two Lankans arrested in Chennai

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An abducted British couple was rescued and nine persons, including two Sri Lankans, were arrested for allegedly committing the crime and demanding Rs 2.58 crore as ransom, the Press Trust of India reported.

The PTI report further said that a coordinated effort from diverse agencies resulted in the arrest of the suspects

Chennai Police coordinated with Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard), London, and Serious Organised Crime Agency, United Kingdom, state and central intelligence agencies and rescued the couple from an SUV bound for a house at Mandarakuppam in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu last night, the news report said.

Based on a complaint on May 29 that British nationals Thavaraja (59) and his wife Salaja (55), who landed at the airport in Chennai from Colombo, were missing, a case was registered. They were originally from Sri Lanka and had settled down in the UK and obtained citizenship.

The couple had arrived here to proceed to Tiruchirapalli, where they planned to join a tour operator and visit temples in the state for nine days.

Investigations revealed that the couple's daughter Dharshini, residing in London, received calls from unidentified men who claimed to have abducted her parents and demanded a ransom of Rs 2.58 crore (300,000 pounds).

Chennai Police coordinated with Dharshini, as she sent them clippings of her conversation with the abductors and sought more time to raise the ransom money, as was advised by police.

  Comments - 12

  • BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 03 June 2013 11:55 AM

    Thats what is called a professional police action. Persons are arrested alive to face justice, unlike here where all get killed and probably even an innocent bystander.

    nalaka Monday, 03 June 2013 11:55 AM

    Diaspora in action yet again for collecting money for LTTE

    Lankan Monday, 03 June 2013 12:51 PM

    You REALLY are a Buffalo mate....

    Ajithkumar Monday, 03 June 2013 01:35 PM

    He is right.. Even today there is a problem in Dematagoda, a suspect in police custody has died,

    Nims Monday, 03 June 2013 11:01 AM

    This is the best example. No one is safe in TN

    suneth Monday, 03 June 2013 10:57 AM

    Ooh my god.........Tamils are not safe even in Tamil Nadu

    POL-ROTi Monday, 03 June 2013 11:03 AM

    Our guys have finally done something worth for the country.
    Ha Ha Ha !!

    suneth Monday, 03 June 2013 11:08 AM

    Gota may have involved on this, according to the diaspora

    Mr. B. Wijeyasingha Monday, 03 June 2013 05:30 PM

    The article should have specified that the Sri Lankans were of Tamil origin.

    jacoob Tuesday, 04 June 2013 03:04 AM

    Lankan,
    You have very easily idetified .. no wonder !!

    Melvin Ally Tuesday, 04 June 2013 07:38 AM

    Who gives a shit if they are Tamil or Sinhalese?

    Grace Monday, 03 June 2013 11:35 AM

    May be suspects are LTTE supporters. Vaiko will come to their rescue.


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