Three Kodavas found carrying guns, cartridges

Three Kodavas found carrying guns, cartridges

Saraswatipuram Police stumbled upon three persons from Kodagu district, who were carrying guns and cartridges when a Maruti van they were travelling in turned turtle near Bogadi Ring Road Junction, on Friday.

The van turned turtle when the driver was blinded due to the high beam light of a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. He allegedly turned the steering towards his right, only to hit the road median. 

Owing to the impact, the van turned turtle and three single barrel guns, 12 rounds of cartridges and two machetes were strewn on the road.

Learning about the incident, the police rushed to the spot.

Initially, the occupants of the van were suspected to be poachers. Upon interrogation at the station, it turned out later that they were bound for Gundlupet, following complaints of wild boar menace in the farms.

Police personnel clarified that they had valid jamma licence (type of weapon licence issued in Kodagu district) for the weapons.

However, as the driver was found in an inebriated condition, he was subject to drunk driving test.

However, no case has been booked against them, said the police personnel.

Lorry loader held

Devaraja Police arrested and released a loader on the charge of assaulting a home guard in the city.

Swaminathan, the home guard, had to taste the wrath of the loader Swamy when the former was returning home from duty recently.

Swaminathan was posted on duty at Mirza Circle near the Police Commissioner’s office, when he intercepted a sand lorry moving on the one-way road.

Both the lorry driver and the loader had allegedly abused Swaminathan. However, the matter didn’t end there, as Swaminathan was allegedly assaulted by Swamy near the city bus stand.

Swaminathan had lodged a complaint at Devaraja police station. Swamy was arrested and released, later.

75 cylinders seized

A team of officials attached to the Food and Civil Supplies department, on Friday, conducted a raid an illegal gas refilling shop near Ramaswamy Circle, in the city, and recovered 75 LPG cylinders.

Acting on an information, the officials raided the shop, but missed the shop owner Chandru, escaped.

Apart from 65 small cylinders, eight domestic and two commercial cylinders have been recovered.

A complaint has been lodged at Lakshmipuram police station.

Teen held for vehicle theft

A teenager was arrested on charges of vehicle theft and have recovered two two-wheelers, estimated worth Rs 70,000, from him, on Friday.

The accused, identified as Junaid, 19 years, son of Afsar, Mohammed Sait Block, in the city, was trying to sell a stolen vehicle on Chandragupta Road, when he was apprehended by Lashkar police. A PU failed student, he had taken to theft, it is learnt.

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