Sarvana Stores proprietors surrender

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Chennai, Sep 10 (UNI)The propreitors of Sarvana Stores, the common man's shopping paradise, Yogarathinam and Rajarathinam, surrendered before a Magistrate court here today in connection with the fire in their shop that claimed the lives of two of its employees on September one.

The duo went underground since the mishap occured. The fire destroyed several crores of rupees worth consumer durables, textile, house-hold and office items, and furniture stocked in the cramped six-storeyed building in the congested Ranganathan street, South Chennai's shopping hub that draws shoppers from every nook and corner of Tamil Nadu and as well as the country.

The surrender of the duo comes two days after the police formed three special teams to arrest them after the Madras High Court dismissed the anticipatory bail plea filed by them apprehending arrest in the case.

As police spread a dragnet to nab them, the duo presented themselves before the Saidapet 17th Metropoltian Magistrate Arunachalam along with their counsels.

They were later remanded in judicial custody for 15 days.

Police filed a petition before the coourt seeking police custody of the accused. The petition is likely to come up for hearing tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the ghastly fire mishap brought several shops in the bustling street under scanner for constructing buildings in violation of norms.

Authorities have decided to crack the whip on at least 30 shops for violation and were planning to demolish illegally constructed floors.

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