Rowdy caught in police shooting

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A history-sheeter, allegedly hired by a businessman to kill his trade rival-uncle, has been arrested in police shooting. 

Prabhu, who has a long record of serious crimes such as attempted murder, robbery and burglary, was hired through another history-sheeter by Nagesh, who runs a tarpaulin-manufacturing factory in Peenya, North Bengaluru.

He was tasked with killing Nagesh’s uncle and business rival, Somanatha. Nagesh had been very jealous of Somanth’s booming business at a time he suffered losses. 

Nagesh decided to eliminate Somanatha and take over his business. He contacted Krishnoji Rao, a history-sheeter from Jnanbharathi, and promised him Rs 10 lakh for the hit job. Rao, in turn, hired Prabhu and paid him an advance. 

A senior police officer said that Prabhu and his associate attacked Somanath when the latter was returning home on
November 6.

Somanatha was seriously wounded but survived and gave a statement to the police. 

Soon after the attack, police arrested Rao but Prabhu was absconding. 

Peenya police inspector Mudduraju and his team got a tip-off about the whereabouts of Prabhu and went to arrest him but he attacked policemen Ranganath and Ramamurthy in a bid to escape. Mudduraju warned Prabhu but the latter kept attacking.

In self-defence, the inspector shot him in the leg. 

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