Police recover hijacked bus

The arrested are Vasanth Kumar (25), Harish (26), Thimme Gowda (25), Manjunath (28) and Manish (21), all from Nelamangala.

According to police, the five men were driving in a car to Nelamangala around midnight. A bus operated by Vinayaka Travels, grazed the car when the bus driver Umesh Naik tried to overtake the car near Govardhan theatre. Heated argument ensued between the occupants of the car and the driver. The five men followed the bus and accosted it near a biscuit factory and forced bus driver to get down. Vasanth then drove the bus.

Naik complained to the police about the hijack of his vehicle. Acting immediately, police chased the bus and secured it. Police also made arrangements to send the passengers to their destinations.

The occupants of the car told police that they had planned to take the bus to Nelamangala police station to lodge a complaint against Naik. A case of theft has been registered against the five men, the police added.

Purse snatchers’ day

Pickpockets  had a field day on Thursday at the KSRTC bus stand. Exploiting the huge rush  at the bus stand, they managed to rob two passengers.

Rajashekhar, who was on his way to Davangere was robbed of Rs 45,000 kept in his trouser pocket minutes after he boarded the bus. He has lodged a complaint with the Upparpet police.

In another incident, Rao Saheb was robbed of his bag containing jewellery worth Rs 1.50 lakh on early Friday morning.

He was on his way to Bangalore from Dharwad  in an Iravatha bus. In a complaint, he has stated that he had kept the bag on a seat next to him and was shocked to see the bag missing when he woke up.

Two held for theft

The Halasuru Gate police arrested two persons in a theft case and recovered 22 traffic signal batteries worth Rs 1.26 lakh. The arrested are Satish (35) from Vasanthnagar and Rajesh (22) from Kanakapura Road. According to police they had stolen the batteries from Ashoknagar, S J Park, S R Nagar and High Grounds areas. On a tip, the police arrested them near Dharmarayaswamy temple, the police said.

Ex-bank staffer ends life

A retired bank employee Sundar was found dead at his house in Vyalikaval on Friday morning. The police said Sundar was depressed over dispute with his wife over property issues.

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