Police registered a case and are investigating the reasons why a thief who was caught by the public was thrashed severely by them on Monday. A resident of Vadugasathu village near Arani raised an alarm when he saw an unidentified man climbing over the compound wall.
A crowd gathered and the thief who tried to escape was caught and tied to a pole. People then thrashed him. Suspicions were raised as the culprit was clad only in his underwear, wearing gloves and covered his body with oil.