Bengaluru, Oct 28: The mastermind of Lalitha Jewellery heist died due to various health complications in judicial custody, a senior police officer said on Wednesday.
The 46-year-old N Murugan alias Thiruvarur Murugan alias Neeravi, had been suffering from an immunodeficiency disease and tuberculosis for the past few months and was admitted to Bowring hospital where he died on Tuesday night, the officer added.
Murugan had surrendered himself before a court in Bengaluru on October 11, 2019, after he and his gang reportedly burgled Lalitha Jewellery, located in a three-storeyed building near Chathiram bus stand in Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu on October 3, 2019.
The Murugan gang, including his nephew Suresh wore masks, and robbed 30 kg of gold, diamond and platinum items worth around Rs 12 crore.
Murugan allegedly ran an inter-state burglary gang in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry. In 2008, he had reportedly marked houses of businessmen in Bengaluru and Hyderabad for burglary. The gang was on a robbery spree to produce a movie, the police said. Murugan, a resident of Thiruvarur, had many cases pending against him in Bengaluru, Chennai and other parts of South India.