Filling station staffers among 8 held for robbing petrol bunk

Filling station staffers among 8 held for robbing petrol bunk

The Central police have arrested 8 people for robbing Rs 4.24 lakh from a petrol bunk near National College in Basavanagudi recently. The suspects were identified as Mallesh, 34, from Chamarajpet and a native of Palya in Kollegal taluk; Nandish, 19, from Thyagarajnagar; Annappa, 27, from Karkiguddi in Kundapura taluk; Javaraiah, 36, of Chamarajpet and native of Talakad in T Narasipur taluk; Swamy, 24, Satish, 24, both from Bannerghatta and natives of Kaudalli in Kollegal taluk; Mohan, 25 of Bannerghatta and a native of Honnapura in Periyapatna taluk and Jayashankar, 26, of Vivekanandanagar in Mysuru.

They threatened the workers of Rajiv Filling Station on KR Road in VV Puram in the wee hours on March 20 and took away the cash, a mobile phone and a SIM card of another mobile phone.

Of the eight suspects, Mallesh and Nandish are the workers at the bunk and plotted the robbery. The duo joined the bunk a few months ago and were acquainted with the method of remitting the funds. They decided rob the bunk to make some fast buck. They connived with their other friends and hatched the conspiracy, added the police.

According to the plan, Mallesh and Nandish had left the windows of the bunk open and had slept on the night of March 19. The six suspects reached the bunk around 2.50 am, removed the window panes and four of them got into the room. They brandished lethal weapons and threatened the workers in the room with weapons.

The suspects directed the workers to show them the location of the cash counter.

They threatened to kill them if they did show the cash counter. One of the workers, Umesh, suffered minor injuries when he resisted, said the police.

The suspects took away Rs 4.24 lakh kept in an underground box, a mobile phone and the SIM card of another worker. They locked the room from outside and absconded. The police registered a case based on the complaint filed by the cashier Umesh.

The police suspected the involvement of insiders and questioned the workers. Mallesh and Nandish told the police they had opened the window as it was too hot and humid. The police did not buy their version and further interrogated. The two confessed to the crime and guided the police to the whereabouts of other suspects, said the police.

Another suspect, Indrajith, is still at large and he would be arrested soon, said the police.

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