Posing as cops, duo robs two men of Rs 33 lakh

Two pistol-totting men intercepted a Kerala-bound KSRTC bus, abducted two passengers working for a bullion trader, and robbed them of Rs 33 lakh in cash near Ramanagara on Thursday night.

The incident took place near Ghousia College of Engineering, when Pasha and Saleem, residents of Wilson Garden and employed by Abbas Khan, were travelling by a KSRTC Airavat bus to Kozhikode in Kerala, the police said.

The suspects followed the bus in their car and directed the driver to stop the vehicle, pointing a pistol at him. When he ignored them, the duo overtook the bus and accosted him. They introduced themselves as policemen from the Central Crime Branch and claimed that they had been assigned to pick up two passengers on the bus in a case related to an armed robbery. They got into the bus, forced Pasha and Abbas out, bundled them into their car and sped away, said the police.

On reaching Kengeri, they snatched their bag containing Rs 33 lakh in cash, threw them out, and drove away. The victims reached the Ramanagara police station and lodged a complaint.

Pasha and Abbas were carrying the money to purchase gold in Kozhikode, said the Ramanagara police.

BMTC bus crushes man

Yet another man has been mowed down by a BMTC bus in the City.

Babureddy, 49, a businessman from Kadubeesanahalli, was returning home when the bus hit his motorcycle on the Outer Ring Road on Thursday, flinging him in the air. He then crashed to the ground and came under the bus. He died instantly. The bus driver has been arrested, police said.

IPL betting ‘dens’ raided

The Central Branch Crime (CCB) of the City police raided a real estate office in Rajarajeshwarinagar and a house at Kamalanagar, Basaveshwarnagar, and arrested four people for betting on Thursday’s IPL match between Royal Challengers, Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Three suspects — Diwakar, 33, Gautham, 24, Jayanth 36 — were arrested on Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Rajarajeshwarinagar while the fourth man, Mayanna Gowda, 26, was picked up in Basaveshwarnagar, the CCB said. The raids were carried out based on a tip-off. The CCB sleuths seized a car, five mobile phones and Rs 1.2 lakh in cash during the raid in Rajarajeshwarinagar. In Basaveshwarnagar, they seized six mobile phones and Rs 3.30 lakh in cash.

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