Mysore, Feb. 23 (ACP&DM)- The City Police, who were hunting for the culprits responsible for the dacoity and murder at Vidya Vikas Engineering College in city recently, ended up with a bigger catch — a gang of 8 involved in 54 cases of crime.

Addressing a press meet at CAR Grounds in city yesterday, City Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal said that 8 interstate dacoits connected with Vidya Vikas College dacoity and murder case, apart from another dacoity had been arrested.

It has come to light that these dacoits were involved in 54 heinous crimes that were reported across the State.

Mohammed Khalid, 31, currently residing at Sukkapur in Raigad taluk of Maharashtra and originally hailing from Gulti village, Kadur taluk, Chikkamagalur district and Satish alias Sathya, 30, a resident of Kadur’s Sughosh Nagar, are the kingpins of this gang of dacoits who were involved in the Vidya Vikas college case.

Apart from these two, the others arrested include Tarikere taluk Sokke Timmapur’s Harisha 23, Hassan District Sakleshpur taluk Yelasur’s Ravi 22, Bangalore T. Dasarahalli Ashokpura’s Venkatesh 22, Tumkur District Madhugiri taluk Kammanakote’s Hanumantha 25, Davanagere District Channagiri taluk Basavapatna’s Ramesh 24 and Davanagere city Siddarameshwara Extension's Thippeswamy alias Thippesh 26. Although another person by name Jayaram 26, a resident of Gorur village in Magadi taluk has been arrested, he is not concerned with Vidya Vikas College case, but is involved in three dacoity case in different places, the Commissioner explained.

Articles totally worth Rs. 10 lakh that include a Tavera Car (KA17/A 9473), a laptop, LCD TV, 5 digital cameras, 2 DVD players, one MP3 player, two handy-cameras, two rods, two screw-drivers, two cutting- pliers used for breaking open locks, 80 kgs of sandalwood and 90 old coins have been recovered from them. This gang, led by Mohammad Khalid and Satish, were involved in many dacoity cases in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, apart from Karnakaka.

Investigations carried out until now revealed that the gang was involved in 17 dacoity cases (including one dacoity and murder case) 37 theft cases, adding upto 54 cases, he said.

Continuing, the Commissioner said that the duo formed separate dacoity teams, totally involving 83 youth, for carrying out dacoity in an organised manner. Out of these 83, 18 who were involved in many dacoity cases are already remanded in judicial custody, while 34 of them are absconding and 23 others are yet to be traced, he said.

A total of 4 Police squads were formed under the leadership of DCPs Ravikanthegowda and P. Rajendra Prasad. These special squads, upon gathering precise information on earlier dacoities committed in schools and colleges and sandalwood smuggling in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, began their operation, following which the main kingpin Mohammed Khalid was arrested from Mumbai with the help of Mumbai Police on Feb. 14.

The rest of the accused were arrested based on the information provided by him during interrogation. Also, these dacoits had sought the help of 3 locals in committing dacoity and murder in Vidya Vikas Engineering College, all of whom have now gone absconding. Several cases have been cracked with the arrest of this inter-State gang.

The State DGP Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh, upon complementing the Mysore Police for their efforts, has announced rewards. He further said that ACPs A.A. Poojar and Vishnuvardhan, Inspectors D. Dhananjaya, C.T. Jayakumar, T.B. Rajanna and other staff carried out the nabbing operation in Mumbai, Bangalore, Davangere and Chikmagalur, under the guidance of DCPs Ravikanthegowda and Rajendra Prasad.

DCP's Ravikanthegowda, Rajendraprasad, CAR DCP Shivanna, Mounted Police Commandant Mariba Shetty, ACPs V.A. Poojar and Vishnuvardhan and others were present at the press meet.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore