The concept of reel vs. real life was blurred recently when in Tamil Nadu, two brothers were arrested for stealing goats to fund a movie produced by their father with them in lead. As per the Times of India report, V Niranjan Kumar along with his brother Lenin Kumar, 30 & 32 respectively, belonging to New Washermenpet, had been indulging in this act for the last three years and were held on Saturday by the Madhavaram police.
Not just some petty amount, but the siblings managed to garner at least Rs 8,000 every day by selling eight to ten of these four-legged animals.
According to India Today, the duo managed to steal animals by driving around the rural regions of Madhavaram, Ponneri, Chengalpet, and Minjur grazing on the open lands. They would steal the animal away if it was far from its herd or isolated. To avoid getting caught or raising suspicion, they would not steal more than one or two.
In an incident that happened on October 9, the brothers stole a goat from the Palani region of Madhavaram. The theft was easily detectable as the owner only had six of them and informed the police about it. Upon scanning the CCTV footage of the area, the duo was caught. The footage projected that the brothers had arrived at the destination in a car, however, the car registration number was undetectable.
When the investigation began, the police discovered that local citizens in the area have recurrently lost a goat or two. The police arrested them when some personnel-in-disguise kept a watch at them and caught them red-handed while trying to steal another sleeping goat.
The police said that Vijay Shankar, the brothers’ father was producing a movie called ‘Nee Thaan Raja’ with both his sons in the lead roles. The shooting for the film was halted when the producer went into a financial crisis. That’s when the duo took it upon them and started stealing goats to help their father. The brothers are now in judicial custody.