The police believe that the attack in Pullepady was also done by the same gang.

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news Crime Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:45

Police have launched a country-wide manhunt to arrest a gang of robbers who are at large after multiple armed robberies in Kochi.

Senior officials in the city police confirmed that separate teams have been sent to other states – including Maharashtra and Gujarat – in search of armed assailants who planned and executed armed robberies in Kochi.  "Our probe is progressing and the investigation is being expanded to other parts of the country. No arrests have been made so far, but we are hopeful of an immediate result," said Ernakulam assistant commissioner K Laljy, speaking to Times of India.

The team probing the armed robberies suspect that a native of Pune was involved in the robberies. The burgled houses were also close to railway stations which further adds weight to the police’s theory that the burglars are not local residents. Six people were taken into preventive custody in connection with the case after they were found at a house occupied by migrant labourers. They are currently being interrogated.

"We suspect that the persons in the visuals found from the CCTV installed near a financial institution at Eroor on December 14 and the visuals of those attacked the house in the city the next day are same," said an officer speaking to Times of India.

CCTV footage in and around the railway stations are also being examined. "We think that they might have used late night trains to arrive unnoticed before moving towards the target houses. They probably returned by trains after committing the crime. Teams were sent to other parts of the state on suspicion of this modus operandi," said the officer.

On Friday, armed miscreants attacked an elderly couple and took away their gold ornaments from their residence at Pullepady. The gang attacked EK Ismail and his wife as they were getting ready to leave to the mosque. They even slit the wrist of the woman in a bid to scare the couple.

The police believe that the attack in Pullepady was also done by the same gang.

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