Kerala police say that the three students who were arrested from Mumbai in connection with a car theft in Kottayam allegedly have connections with drug peddlers.
Three students including a journalism student were arrested by the Kottayam police from Dharavi in Mumbai on Wednesday for stealing a Skoda car and a laptop from Fenn Hall homestay near Kottayam collectorate. The homestay belongs to Dr Mathai Baker, a psychologist.
Jubal Varghese (26), his brother Jethro Varghese (21) from Chengannur and Revathi Krishna from Kochi stayed in the homestay and carried out the theft on April 21. It was only on tracing their mobile phone signals that the police realised that they had reached Mumbai.
Police say that the accused sold the car for Rs 50,000 in Bengaluru. According to the police, Revathy is a journalism student in Kottayam, and knew Jethro from school in Coimbatore.
â€śWe arrested them on May 17 from Mumbai. They have been remanded to judicial custody. Further details can be revealed only after questioning them,â€ť Kottayam East Inspector Aneesh V Kora told TNM.
However, an investigating officer claimed that the three students allegedly had connections with drug dealers and might have done the crime to get money to buy drugs.
â€śBut while questioning Revathi said that they wanted the money to solve an accident case. As she had used her college fees for this purpose, she carried out the theft to get more money. But we cannot at present say what was the reason,â€ť says the officer.
Police also say that all three accused are from affluent families. Revathiâ€™s father is a mechanical engineer working at a firm in Aluva.
Police have recovered the stolen car and are in search of the laptop.