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Antique idols worth Rs 10 crore seized

»Two idols worth around Rs 10 crore, estimated to be about 400 years old, were seized from  temple thieves by the City police.

The two idols - Bheemanatheswara and Abhirambeswari were recovered, which were stolen from Sri Bheemanatheswara temple, Kannipakam, Vellore in Tamil Nadu.
The Mico Layout police, during their routine crackdown on chain-snatchers and two-wheeler offenders, got clues and zeroed in on the main accused, Manjunath, an Ejipura resident, and recovered idols which were in his possession.

The police said, two other accused Murali, son of a KSRP constable and Abhi from Coorg are at large. The accused disfigured Bheemanatheswara idol and sent a piece for testing. However, they were waiting for the results to assess the gold content in the idol and were also scouting for a prospective buyer.

In this connection a case has been registered at Palligunte police station. Following the theft, rumours spread like wild fire and the area was gripped with communal tension.

Drugs seized from Iranian national

»The CCB police arrested an Iranian national while he was trying to push drugs and recovered Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LAD) worth Rs four lakh, a car worth Rs five lakh and Rs 1,500 cash. The accused has been identified as Raju Ashok Sarasivappa.
The police arrested him near a garden in Cox Town while he was trying to sell LAD. Raju’s mother was an Iranian national, while father is a Bangalorean. Raju completed his education till PUC in Tehran and had returned to India and had got into leather bag and shoe business.

He would frequently visit Mysore, Chennai, Mangalore, Shravanabelagola and Goa. He came in contact with a few foreigners in Goa and bought LAD with them. He would sell the same in Bangalore and to high profile parties in other cities.

Pedestrian knocked down

»An unidentified pedestrian was killed on the spot when he was knocked down by a car at Kuvempu Circle on Hebbal Ring Road on Sunday night. The victim was aged around 60 years. The car driver fled from the spot.

Techie commits suicide

»A 45-year-old engineer, depressed after getting a divorce from his wife, hanged himself at his Muthyalanagar residence in Yashwanthpur on Monday. Nandakumar, the deceased has left a detailed death note addressed to Bangalore city police commissioner and few others.

Cricket betting: Seven held

»Halasuru Gate police arrested seven persons on the charge of indulging in cricket betting and recovered Rs 43,000 on Monday late night.

The accused are Venkatesh, Basavaraju, Nandakumar, Narayan, Babu, Vishwanath and Santosh. On a tip off, the police raided Sai Enterprises in Siddannagalli in Chickpet and arrested the accused. The accused were carrying out the betting based on the final match between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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