Cops on trail of 'visitor' who smuggled weapon

Follow up

The wall at the jail that was dented after hit by bullet marked with chalkpiece. DH Photo

The city police who are investigating the recent shoot-out case at Central Prisons of Mysore, that left an undertrial Seena injured, with another undertrial Balaji Rao alias ‘Tibet’ firing at him, have been primarily probing into afore said aspects.

Police Commissioner Sunil Agarwal told Deccan Herald that, the cops are giving impetus to the criminal aspects that could prove a great help in cracking the case.

If the jail authorities really knew about the weapon, it would lead to serious offence. The another aspect includes- the visitor, who according to the accused in the case, passed on the revolver to him. Balaji Rao has been reiterating the name of one Prem from Nelamangala, who managed to smuggle weapon from outside, before passing it on to him.

Acting on his statement, two teams of police have been sent to Bangalore and Nelamangala. When the last reports came in, the police were yet to confirm ‘Whether Betthangere Manja really had any accomplice by the name- Prem’.

The accomplices of Balaji Rao, who were arrested for the murder of ‘Tarakari’ Seena, and incarcerated at the same cell along with him (Balaji), have also been claiming innocence, being unaware of the weapon.

Body warrants

Expediting the investigation, the cops would be filing applications at a local court seeking body warrants of Beththangere Manja and Beththangere Shankara, currently lodged in Belgaum and Gulbarga jails respectively, the co-accused in the case.

Once the court approves, the duo will be brought down to the city, for interrogation.

The applications will be filed on Monday, the police commissioner added. Besides, pending application seeking police custody of Balaji Rao, already filed at the court on March 11, will be taken up on March 14.

The police commissioner said he has also sought another report from Chief Superintendent of the Jail T H Lakshminarayan.

Replying to a query, police commissioner asserted that, if the situation warrants, the jail staffers will also be summoned for interrogation.

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