'Poll freebies' worth Rs 17 lakh seized

'Poll freebies' worth Rs 17 lakh seized

3,028 fans, 16 stacks of gutka items confiscated

'Poll freebies' worth Rs 17 lakh seized

 Police have seized fans and gutka products, valued at Rs 17 lakh, by raiding a godown in Kempegowda Nagar.

The confiscated items were allegedly meant to be distributed to voters as freebies. Four people have been arrested in this connection.

The trigger for the raid was the interception of two vehicles on 5th Main Road, Chamarajpet, around 3 pm on April 7. BBMP officials, along with the police, intercepted the vehicles during an inspection.

The vehicles were transporting fans and gutka items. The drivers reportedly failed to produce the necessary consignment documents and claimed the goods had been loaded at a godown of Bright Road Logistics on T R Mills premises, the KG Nagar police said.

The Palike officials, along with a squad of the Election Commission of India, raided the godown where they confiscated 3,028 fans of different brands and 16 sacks of gutka items.

Police arrested Mahendra Kumar, 38, Ayyappa, 34, Chandrashekar, 27, and Arif, 21, owners of Bright Road Logistics. The godown, which allegedly stored the items without valid documents, has been sealed. A case has been registered in this connection.
Man killed as car hits bike

A 45-year-old man was killed and a Home Guard constable injured when a car struck them at Choodasandra near Kasavanahalli under Electronics City traffic police limits on Wednesday night.

The deceased, Srinivas Murthy, a resident of Hongasandra, was returning home when a speeding car coming from Rayasandra rammed his motorcycle.

While Murthy sustained grievous head injuries and collapsed, the car went on to strike Manjunath, a Home Guard constable who was checking vehicles as part of election duty, the police said.

The car driver, identified as Sonik John from Kerala, attempted to drive off but policemen and passersby chased him down.

Murthy and Manjunath were taken to a hospital where the former was declared brought dead. Manjunath is recuperating.

Murthy worked at a private company and was returning home after visiting a friend in Peenya when the accident occurred.

John, who works as a carpenter in the City, was reportedly drunk and not able to control the car. A case has been registered at the Electronics City traffic police station and the suspect’s driving licence has been impounded.

Robbery bid: rowdies held

Three rowdy-sheeters — Mohammed Asif, Nadeem and Sadiq Khan — were arrested in Banaswadi Main Road for plotting to assault and rob passersby, the CCB has said.

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