A Kerala Madrasa teacher has been arrested by police for stealing gold by persuading and threatening students to bring valuables from their homes. The incident is reported from Kannur, Kerala. Abdul Kareem (43) of Kallayi in the Kozhikode district
The Police has also registered a POCSO case (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) for subjecting a minor to unnatural sex. The accused was absconding after he knew that a police case has been registered.
Police arrested the accused from Kasaragod where he was absconding. As Abdul Kareem tested positive for coronavirus, he has been admitted to the Thottada Covid centre. As per FIR he had been involved in the scam for the last 4 years.
The complaints stated that Abdul Kareem made the children believe that if they bring him gold, they would be able to see God and will have supernatural powers. Complaints also said that he used to threaten and beat up students whom he was unable to persuade.
The scam came to light after gold jewellery weighing 5 sovereigns was lost. Nobody else was present at the house when the valuable went missing. The residents then informed the Madrasa teacher about the missing gold. Abdul Kareem responded that the gold was in their house itself and he would come and retrieve it.
Later, Abdul Kareem came to the house and made all the family members close their eyes. He then produced the gold in front of a little girl. This incident strengthened the suspicion that the Madrasa teacher was behind the scam.
Later, the Ullikkal police received five similar complaints and started investigations which led to the arrest. As Abdul Kareem tested positive for COVID-19, four police officers, including the Ullikkal SI, are undergoing quarantine.
With inputs from Mathrubhumi News