Northeast division cops to probe 'Agni' Sridhar case

 A day after the city police conducted raids on the houses of ‘reformed’ gangster ‘Agni’ Sridhar and his aide Bachchan in south Bengaluru, the case was handed over to the Northeast division police on Wednesday.

Police Commissioner Praveen Sood ordered the transfer of case registered under the Arms Act in the Kumaraswamy Layout police station to the Northeast division police. The Sampigehalli police station inspector will be the investigating officer, he said.

The Northeast division police during the course of investigation into businessman Tata Ramesh’s intimidation complaint discovered that he was an associate of Dasanapura APMC president Kadabagere Srinivas who was shot at recently. Police sources said Rohit alias ‘Onte’ Rohit who was arrested on Tuesday, was also found in a car at the spot near Kogilu cross, off Yelahanka where Srinivas was shot at. The Northeast division police are probing all these cases together, said a senior police officer.

On Wednesday, Bachchan, Rohit, ‘Silent’ Sunil’ and six others were produced before a court, which remanded them in police custody for 14 days. Bachchan and six others were arrested from his house in Isro Layout on Tuesday. Rohit was arrested when he came to see Sridhar at the hospital while Sunil surrendered before the Yelahanka police on Tuesday night.

A team of police has been deployed at the Sagar Hospital in Tilaknagar, waiting for the recovery of Sridhar to take him into custody. He is the accused number one in the case. He was hospitalised as he complained of chest pain when raids were on at his house in Kumaraswamy Layout on Tuesday. Sources said Sridhar’s lawyer has moved a bail petition. Following the firing incident, the police are contemplating booking rowdy elements under the stringent Goonda Act if they resort to such crimes.

Hemanth Nimbalkar, Additional Commissioner of Police (East) said that strict action would be taken against whoever tries to disrupt law and order. The police have been directed to conduct regular rowdy parades and keep a watch on movements of habitual offenders and their sources of income. “If anyone is found to be involved in illegal business, we will take stringent action as per law,” he said.

Nimbalkar appealed to the public to share information about illegal activities and advised them to file complaints without fear.

Kidney ailment puts test on hold

According to doctors, ‘Agni’ Sridhar has kidney-related illness due to which his cardiac investigation had to be put on hold on Wednesday.

 Dr Kishore K S, chief cardiologist, Sagar Hospitals, said that Sridhar has been diagnosed with nephrology illness as a result of diabetes. Though he was scheduled to undergo angiogram on Wednesday, the test could not be done due to the associated complication. Sridhar is diabetic and has undergone angioplasty twice in the past. “Ultrasound revealed that one kidney is smaller than the other. This is usually damaged for reasons such as uncontrolled diabetes. However, he is stable,” Dr Kishore said. 

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