Country-made pistols seized, 2 held

Speaking to media persons here on Saturday, SP Prawin Pawar informed that Malpe PSI Sampath Kumar and Udupi Circle Inspector S V Girish along with their staff intercepted an Innova car at Kalmadi junction. The vehicle was driven by Gururaj Amin alias Cable Guru of Udupi accompanied by one Imthiaz. On searching, Imthiaz was found carrying a country made pistol loaded with 4 live cartridges. Three cartridges were recovered from the possession of Cable Guru. A sum of Rs 30,000 cash besides two cell phones were also recovered from the car, he said.

Further investigations revealed that Gururaj Amin alias Cable Guru, who is running a cable network in Udupi, had hatched a conspiracy along with notorious underworld element Siraj Hassan who is currently in jail to eliminate Stanley of Malpe who is his business rival. Imthiaz from Kukkikatte was hired by Cable Guru to kill Stanley for a supari amount of Rs 6 lakh, of which Rs 40,000 has been paid in advance. Cable Guru procured the pistol through an accomplice of Siraj Hassan a fortnight ago and handed over to Imthiaz to execute the murder. Two test firing has been made at Perampalli and Sheeribeedu by the criminals. The pistol will be sent to forensic laboratory for examination, he informed.

It may be recalled that Cable Guru was arrested 5 years ago in connection with the murder of Kola Rakesh. Imthiaz was the prime accused in the Padma murder case of 2005 which took place in Brahmavara. He was arrested three months back for Ganza trafficking and was out on bail last week.

Siraj Hassan is a close associate of underworld element Bannanje Raja and criminal Maduru Isubu. Having several charges of murder, attempts to murder, assault, conspiracy to kill to his credit, Siraj is currently serving his sentence in Udupi sub jail.
DySP Jayanth Shetty was present.

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