Nemom: In an odd incident here in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district, a housewife who had hidden 20 sovereigns of gold ornaments in a pile of old newspapers almost lost the entire jewellery when she sold the rags to a scrap dealer. But the woman soon realised her blunder and recovered 17 sovereigns with the help of the police. She had kept the valuables in the paper apparently to avoid its theft.
Meanwhile, the scrap dealer was arrested on her complaint after he insisted that he had not found the gold. He has been identified by the Nemom police as Subrahmaniyan (34), a native of Tirunelveli living near Karimadom colony.
The incident took place at a house in Pottavila near Karakkamandapam in last Thursday.
The woman remembered that she had kept the gold packed in a cover between the newspapers after the scrap dealer had left with the items she had sold to him. Immediately, she rushed to the scrap shop at Attakulangara on a scooter along with her daughter.
However, Subrahmaniyan said that there was no gold among the newspapers and that it might have fallen off along the road. Meanwhile, the woman’s relatives too reached the scrap shop and created a ruckus. Officers from the Fort police station soon arrived and took Subrahmaniyan to the station. During questioning there, he remained firm that he had not taken the gold.
When the housewife too stuck to her complaint against the scrap dealer, the police inspected Subrahmaniyan’s shop and recovered 17 sovereigns. The scrap dealer was handed over to the Nemom police.
An investigation is currently on to locate the remaining three sovereigns.