More arrests over Lankan couple case

Two persons, including a key accused wanted for the abduction of a Sri Lankan born British couple in Chennai recently were arrested today, taking the number of persons arrested in this case to 11, the Press Trust of India reported.
Satya alias Sakthivel was arrested from Neyveli bus stand in Cuddalore district and on his information, one more person, Kaliamurthy, was also picked up, the Chennai police said.
They were wanted in connection with the abduction of British nationals Thavaraja (59) and his wife Salaja (55), who were kidnapped for ransom in Chennai on May 29 when they landed at the airport.
The couple 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 Tamil Nadu for nine days.
Police recovered Thavaraja’s two credit cards, his wife’s jewels and a knife from them, it said.
The 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.
City police had coordinated with Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) to rescue them.