B'luru cops assaulted in UP village

A team of crime branch from Bengaluru was allegedly roughed up at an Uttar Pradesh village on Tuesday when it tried to arrest two persons, who were accused in a case of chain snatching.

According to the police sources here, the crime branch team had nabbed the two accused after conducting a raid at Rampura village in state's Shamli district, about 500 kilometers from here, on Tuesday night.

Some women members of the family of the accused, however, attacked the cops when they put them into a vehicle and were about to leave and forced them to release the accused.

A cell phone belonging to the cops was also looted, sources said.

Sources said that the Karnataka cops had not informed the local police about their raid. The local police were investigating the matter, sources added.

3 held for robbery

The Kengeri police have arrested three people, including a woman, in connection with a robbery case and recovered gold valuables worth Rs 2.50 lakh.

According to the police, the arrested have been identified as Prathima, 36, Gangadhar, 20, and Amanulla,19, all residents of Kengeri Upanagara.

Three other suspects - Shira Manjunath, ‘Sun City’ Manjunath and Kiran are at large.

Recently, Prathima had approached her relative Sheela, volunteering to teach her to ride a two-wheeler.

Sheela agreed and for a few days she was learning to ride the bike with the help of Prathima.

Meanwhile, Prathima was in need of money and she discussed the problem with Gangadhar. They planned to rob Sheela of her jewellery while teaching her to ride the bike. On January 25, Prathima took Sheela to a deserted place near a brick kiln in Kengeri.
The other suspects came on a bike and threw chilli powder on Sheela and fled with her gold chain.

Prathima too collapsed pretending to be hurt, added the police.

Later, Sheela lodged a complaint with the police saying Prathima was with her when the incident took place. The police questioned Prathima and she confessed to the crime. Based on information provided by Prathima, the police arrested Gangadhar and Amanulla.

After their arrest, two chain-snatching cases registered in Kombalgodu police station have been solved, the police said.

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