History-sheeter attacks inspector, shot at in leg

History-sheeter attacks inspector, shot at in leg

A 26-year-old  history-sheeter was shot in his leg after  he attacked a police inspector in a bid to resist arrest in Banashankari in the  early hours of Thursday.

Banashankari police inspector Putteswamy and the injured rowdy, Bhoja alias Vishnu, were admitted to hospital. They are  said to be out of danger.

According to the police, Bhoja  and five of his associates went on a rampage at A K Colony in Banashankari around 10 pm  on Wednesday.  They vandalised four autorickshaws, 10 cars and a motorcycle.

The group then headed to Yediyur and Nagasandra in Basavanagudi where they again vandalised four bikes. Armed with lethal weapons, the group also threatened locals, who were witness to the violence.

An eyewitness informed the police control room, and a team from the Banashankari and Basavanagudi stations along with the ACP arrived at the spot, by which time the six culprits had sped away on three motorcycles.

The police then formed teams and started checking all the vehicles in and around their jurisdictional limits.

Putteswamy and inspector B K Shekar of the Basavanagudi police station had intercepted Bhoja and his gang in Banashankari.

In a bid to escape, Bhoja attacked Putteswamy with a dagger. Shekar shot at Bhoja on his left leg, immobilising him. Bhoja's associates were later arrested, and the weapons and vehicles they used for the crime were seized.

Preliminary inquiries revealed that Bhoja was in search of his rival gang members, who had murdered his associate, identified as Harish, in 2015. Bhoja learnt that the men who murdered Harish were out on a bail and planned his revenge.

The Banashankari police have registered a case and booked Bhoja and his associates under several sections under the Indian Penal Code, including extensive damage to property. Further investigations are under way.

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