The Kerala police nabbed Manoj alias Samiyar from Walayar on a tip-off and handed him over to the Tamil Nadu police, which is probing into the loot-cum-killing at the Kodanad estate bungalow. Four persons have already been arrested for the alleged involvement in the case. 

The police said Manoj is suspected to have arranged the gang involved in the break-in and the killing of the guard on April 24. The police also said a wood merchant of Gudalur, about 80 kms from Ooty, wanted by it owing to his links with the estate, had left for Dubai a day before the incident. 

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Manoj, allegedly having links with hawala transactors, was interrogated in the presence of DIG Deepak Tomar and Nilgiris SP Murali Rambha at the Kothagiri police station in the hilly district. He was also taken to Kodanad, the crime spot where the guard was hacked to death and another injured by a 11-member gang, suspected to have stolen some valuables and documents from the bungalow. 

The police has ascertained the involvement of 11 persons in the crime. Key accused Kanakaraj, late CM Jayalalithaa's former driver, was killed in a road accident, while his alleged accomplice Sayan alias Shyam has been hospitalised after he met an accident separately. According to the police, the gang members had planned the dacoity based on Kanakaraj's information that there was a huge amount of cash in the bungalow. 

The Kodanad estate figures in a disproportionate assets case involving Jayalalithaa and jailed AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala among others.