A would-be bride's different act

A would-be bride's different act

Circle Inspector of Police K B Vishwanath, SI Niranjan Kumar and other police personnel are seen with the arrested in Turuvekere. DH Photo

Avinash, a member of a notorious gang that had instilled fear among the vehicle owners around the town, was arrested by the police at Dhabbeghatta on Tuesday.
The gang members were notorious for their modus operandi - they would throw chilli powder to get what they wanted. In the last two months, they had stolen two qualis vehicles operating in the same manner and had become a headache for the police.

Background
On April 6, the gang had managed to steal a qualis vehicle from Surendra of Bangalore. They had sprinkled chilli powder on him near Biganenahalli and drove away the vehicle pushing the driver to a ditch.

In a similar method, they had made a vain bid to steal the vehicle from Muniraj, who was on his way to Dharmasthala, near Goramalutt. Following a complaint by Surendra and Muniraj, the police suspected that the gang members are from neighbouring villages.
A team was formed investigate into the matter under the guidance of Superintendent of Police P S Harsha, Kunigal Sub-division Additional Superintendent of Police Shashikumar and Circle Inspector of Police K B Vishwanath.

Following a tip off that one of the gang members was a would-be groom, the police asked his would-be bride to call him up asking him to visit ailing in-laws. This worked and thus Avinash was nabbed.

Later, Avinash spilled the beans and with his help, the police arrested Dore, Nagaraj and Gangadhar. The police are on the lookout for the rest of the members. The arrested have been identified as Navin Kumar of Donkihalli, Avinash of Dhabbeghatta, Nagaraj of Achahalli, Gangadhar of Doddagoraghatta, Arun Kumar of Devaramadahalli and Dore of Chikkonahallipura.

The police have seized two qualis vehicles, one mobile phone and goods worth Rs seven lakh from the two incidents. The arrested were produced before the Magistrate on Tuesday evening.

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