Cops assaulted

Crime beat

 
On Sunday night, constables Upendra and Pradeep attached to Upparpet police station got a shock of their lives after the group of eunuchs went on a rampage.

The two cops, in a written complaint, stated that they were attacked by half a dozen transsexuals when they rushed to the spot on hearing that a group was creating nuisance near Triveni theatre. In the melee, they bit them also. Shocked by the attack, cops ran for there. Later, they were rushed to a hospital by their colleagues.

Mechanic charred to death

A mechanic died on the spot while another suffered serious burns when a fire broke out while they were working on air-conditioners at Total Mall in HSR Layout on Sunday.

The police gave the name of the deceased as Kwaja Mohinuddin (23), who hails from Harihar in Davangere district. Wasim, who is a resident of R T Nagar and a native of Chitradurga, has suffered 33 per cent burns and has been admitted to a hospital.

The police said the two were outsourced for installation/repair works of air-conditioners on the fourth floor of the Total Mall.

Around 11 am when the two were busy with wielding, accidentally the copper rods came in contact with the gas cylinder and fire broke out. Mohinuddin fell from the top and suffered head injuries. Wasim, who was assisting Mohinuddin, suffered burns in the thick flames that started. Immediately, they were shifted to Venkateswara hospital where doctors declared Mohinuddin brought dead. Both are diploma holders in air-conditioning.

HSR Layout police have registered a negligence case.

Businessman hoodwinked

Attention divert cases continue to haunt the city police.  A gang hoodwinked a businessman and made away with Rs 5 lakh on Monday afternoon.

The incident took place around 2.40 pm, a few meters away from the Syndicate Bank, 18th Cross, Malleswaram branch. The police said the culprits, who were in early twenties, spoke in Kannada and more than three members were involved in the crime.

Narrating the incident, Mahesh, proprietor of Macho Industries, told Deccan Herald that his brother-in-law Suresh, accompanied by driver Rajesh, had been to bank to withdraw cash.

As, the banks were closed for two days due to strike last week, there was heavy rush in the bank. After a long wait, they withdrew cash and started moving towards their car to return. When they were near the car, a youth called Suresh and said "the bank manager is calling you".

Suresh kept the cash bag in the front seat and asked the driver to wait for him.  When Rajesh got into car, another youth showed some Rs 50, Rs 20 and Rs 10 denomination notes that had fallen on the ground and asked him to pick them up. As Rajesh was looking at the cash, the third youth, escaped with the bag containing Rs five lakh.

Following a complaint, the cops swung into action. As the computer at the Malleswaram police station was not functioning due to a technical snag, the complainants were taken  to the neighbouring Srirampuram police station where Suresh and Rajesh were shown photos of a few habitual offenders. However, they failed to identify any one in the data bank available with the police.

The police feel that it is the handiwork of locals as they spoke fluent Kannada.

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