The suspects are Ranjit, Dharma, Lakshman, Gunda, Nizam and Shiraz. While Ranjit, Shiraz, Nizam and Gunda were picked up from Udupi, Dharma and Lakshman were arrested from their hideouts here. Two unidentified persons fired indiscriminately at the Mantri House on Vittal Mallya Road on September 25. The motorcycle-borne duo had fired nearly six rounds of bullets, damaging the company’s name board.
They fled after leaving an envelope containing Dubai phone numbers suspected to be that of Ravi Poojary’s. However, the police managed to gun down one of the miscreant identified as Chandru in an encounter near Hormavu after a couple of hours. According to Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), the suspects had been working for Ravi Poojary from past three to four years.
All of them have been accused in a number of murder cases, attempt to murder cases and cases pertaining to arms act registered against them in Udupi and Bangalore. With the arrest of these six, the City police have managed to arrest more than 25 Poojary associates over a period of one year.