Timely action of Vijayanagar Police, who were on routine check due to the prevailing model code of conduct, averted what could have been a major crime by arresting an 8-member gang at Vijayanagar Ring Road junction on Apr. 19 at 2.30 pm and seized a Maruti van (KA-02 C-1845) and 14 bikes from them.

The nabbed have been identified as Akram Pasha of Chinnakurali, his accomplices Kalu, Debra, Thakur, Bahaddur, Bishen, Hira Singh and Tan Singh, all reportedly from Madhya Pradesh, who were reportedly selling stolen bikes and cars in villages of Mysore and Mandya districts.

It is reported that Vijayanagar Sub-Inspector Puneeth, who was checking the vehicles as part of Police action on enforcement of model code of conduct at Vijayanagar Ring Road junction, noticed a Maruti van coming from Hinkal side and tried to stop it.

But the van failed to respond and sped away following which Puneeth gave a chase and intercepted the van only to find lethal weapons like machets, longs and chilly powder in the car and arrested them.

During interrogation, Akram Pasha reportedly confessed to have stolen 14 bikes from Devaraja and other city Police limits using duplicate keys and sold them in and around Pandavapura. The Police later seized the van and the bikes valued at Rs. 6.5 lakh.

Further investigation revealed that the eight were planning to rob a house at Vijayanagar 4th stage by threatening the inmates at knife point. They also planned to rob another house in Hassan.

All the nabbed were produced before a magistrate who remanded them to judicial custody. DCP K.P. Bheemaiah supervised the nabbing and seizing operation by Vijayanagar Inspector B.R. Lingappa, SI Puneeth, staff Krishna, D.S. Chennabasavaiah, Sagar, Somashetty, Jayaramegowda, Salim Pasha and C. Mahesh. City Police Commissioner K.L. Sudheer has lauded the efforts of the cops.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore