CHENNAI: Police on Friday arrested a 22-year-old engineer, who recently quit an airlines firm, after she robbed gold jewellery and cash worth Rs 40,000 from a shop at knifepoint in Thiruverkadu.

M Induja was going in an auto to her house in Vanagaram near Maduravoyal when police nabbed her. A case was registered and a court sent her to prison.

Induja told investigation officers that she resorted to the crime as her husband’s salary was inadequate and they were desperate for cash. She was a final year electronics and communication engineering student at a college in Villupuram when she got married to Manikandan, a final year computer science student of the same college, in 2014 against the wishes of their families.

After receiving their degrees in March, the couple lived at Kallakurichi in Villupuram district for about two months before moved to Vanagaram near Maduravoyal. Induja got a contract job with a private airlines firm but she resigned recently as the pay was inadequate, she told police.

Police said Manikandan got a job with a private CCTV camera installing company in the city with a monthly salary of Rs 2,000 and the couple borrowed heavily .

Hounded by money lenders, Induja on Friday went to Shoba Jewellery in Velappan Chavadi, on the Chennai-Bengaluru Highway . She asked a saleswoman, Indrani, to show her some gold jewel ery. She waited until the few customers left the shop, pulled out a knife and robbed Indrani of cash and gold jewellery .

Induja then ran out and got into an autorickshaw be ore Indrani came out and raise an alarm. The staff in ormed police. A team teamed by Tiruverkadu (law and order) inspector Muthu Raja went there and found that the woman had boarded an autorickshaw attached to the stand opposite the showroom.

With the help of some drivers there, police managed to reach the autorickshaw driver and gathered information about the woman travelling in the vehicle. As directed by police, the driver steered his vehicle towards Vanagaram and a police team followed. Spotting the team, Induja tried to escape but she was chased and caught.

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