Chain snatcher attacks cop; shot at and injured in leg

Chain snatcher attacks cop; shot at and injured in leg

A chain snatcher was shot at and injured in his leg by a police sub-inspector while making a getaway after attacking a police officer early Tuesday morning at Ramakrishna Hegde Nagar.

Raju alias Appi, 28, a resident of Devanahalli, involved in over eight cases, including a murder, was rushed Victoria Hospital and is stated to be out of danger, the police said.

Yelahanka Police Inspector Rajiv, who sustained injuries in the operation after Raju attacked him with a dagger, was rushed to hospital, where he is recovering. Muniyappa, a close aide of Raju, managed to escape and the police are on the lookout for him. Raju and Muniyappa had robbed Swathi, a resident of Venkatala near Yelah anka, of her gold chain, and sped away.

A few local residents who rushed to her rescue, called the police control room, whose staff passed on the message to the Yelahanka police.

Following the alert, Rajiv and Chikkajala police station sub-inspector Muralidhar, in a joint operation, swung into action. On receiving information that Raju and Muniyappa were moving towards Kogilu, a checkpoint was put up at Ballahalli Cross. The suspects, on approaching the cross, sped away spotting the posse of policemen.

Rajiv and Muralidhar gave chase on their vehicles, with the suspects entering an eucalyptus grove near KNS College in Ramakrishna Hegde Nagar. The policemen rammed their vehicles against Raju’s bike, resulting in Raju and Muniyappa falling down. Even as Rajiv directed them to surrender, the duo began running away, with Rajiv succeeding in pushing Raju to the ground, while Muniyappa made good his escape. Regaining his ground, Raju attacked Rajiv with a dagger, injuring him on his hand.

Concerned over Rajiv’s safety, Muralidhar used his service revolver and fired at Raju, injuring his left knee, the police said.

Raju was involved in a murder case in Bannerghatta and arrested later. He was staying at Adugodi and had recently moved to Devanahalli and is believed to have been involved in more than 50 chain-snatching cases. The probe is on in such previous cases, DCP (Northeast) Vikash Kumar Vikash said.

Molestation alleged

A 40-year-old woman has lodged a complaint with Commercial Street Police that she was molested by a businessman in his office on Infantry Road on August 25.

In her complaint filed on September 13, the victim, a resident of JP Nagar, has said Srinivas Bhat, 64, tried to molest and prevent her from leaving his office, grabbing her by the shoulder.

The victim and the accused were involved in financial transactions. On August 25, when the victim asked him to settle it, it led to heated argument, during which Bhat tried to molest and prevent her from leaving his office by grabbing her shoulder. Hearing the victim’s alarm, other staff members rushed to her aid. She informed her husband and decided to lodge the complaint. The police have registered a case.

Govt staffers caught

The Lokayukta police on Tuesday caught two employees of City Police Commissioner’s office while they were allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000. The accused were identified as Shailaja, assistant director of legal aid cell, and Bhairappa, a case worker.

According to the Lokayukta police, the duo demanded the bribe to provide legal opinion in a dowry harassment case. A person named Mahesh contacted Shailaja for legal opinion in a case involving his daughter. Shailaja demanded Rs 50,000 to provide legal opinion and after much haggling the amount was brought down to Rs 25,000, police said. A trap was laid after Mahesh lodged a complaint. Both the employees were remanded in judicial custody.

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