Pickpockets hailing from Assam in city police net

The Thampanoor police have arrested two persons involved in picking the pockets of passengers at various bus stands in the city. The arrested were Prathap Panik, 35, and Tom K Battoor, 24, of Assam.
According to the police, the duo, who picked pockets and snatched bags of passengers, were arrested based on a complaint lodged by Jose Peter, a resident of Pathanamthitta, for snatching his bag and Rs 6,000. The police said that Joseph and his family had come to the city for going to Kanyakumari on September 15. When they were about to board the bus to Kanyakumari, the duo snatched the bag from Joseph and escaped.
However, as the victim registered a complaint with the Thampanoor police, policemen, along with Joseph, conducted a search in their patrolling vehicle. It was during the search that the duo were identified by Joseph when they were coming out of a bar near Aristo Junction. Both of them were taken into custody by the police on the same day. However, their arrest was recorded only on Tuesday evening.
The police also said that the two accused had similar cases registered against them in Kochi, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. Though several cases were registered against them, this is the first time that they are landing in the police net. The police also recovered the money and purse snatched from Joseph from the duo.  Both of them were produced before the court and remanded in judicial custody.
A team led by Thampanoor Circle Inspector Sheen Tharayil conducted the arrest. Thampanoor SIs S Ajayakumar and Suresh Chandra and CPOs Syam, Sunil, Jayan and Faisal comprised the team.