He stole bicycles, but to distribute among children without bicycles: The story of a ‘Virtuous Thief’

A story revealed by Rahul, a 19-year-old youth who was arrested for stealing bicycles from a warehouse was, in fact, surprising for the investigating officers in Kerala Police. The accused told police that the stolen items were given to poor children who did not have bicycles. Further investigations confirmed the same too.

The incident came to light when a number of children from Payippad Venkota area had been seen with brand new bicycles. As the residents were surprised to see bicycles of different companies with different colours, they were surprised knowing that the children were from poor backgrounds.

Police investigations on the same led to finally arresting a youth who confessed his ‘crime’. The youth also said that he didn’t sell any of the bicycles but distributed among children from poor financial circumstances. A total of 38 bicycles were stolen from the godown.

For most of the people in Kerala, the story was similar to that of Kayamkulam Kochunni a heroic outlaw from the state, who lived during the early 19th century and said to have stolen from the rich and given to the poor. Though further investigations are on regarding the case, the court has remanded the youth.

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