BENGALURU: Bengaluru North Police have cracked 99 cases in the last one month (August 15- September 15) and have arrested 66 people, City Police Commissioner N S Megharikh told reporters here on Wednesday. Police also recovered valuables and cash worth Rs 2 crore.
Among the cases cracked is the killing of Baddi Krishnappa, a moneylender, who was murdered last July. Yeshwantpur police have arrested Chandrashekar (22) and Puneeth (24), both residents of Tumakuru district and Somashekar (28), a resident of Veerabadranagar here.
During the investigation, the trio confessed that they committed the crime to rob Krishnappa of his gold ornaments. Krishna was wearing more than 1 kg of gold ornaments worth Rs 30 lakh at the time of the killing.
Srirampura police have also cracked the Rs 21 lakh robbery case and arrested seven people in this regard. The arrested have been identified as Manjunath (33), a CA; Sriramu (32), auto driver; Lakshman alias Gopi (29), auto driver; Janardhan (25), sales manager; Girish (25), cab driver; Manjunath (25) and Shivaprasad (23), a final year civil engineering student.
According to the cops, during his stint as a CA, Manjunath came across several jewellers from Andhra Pradesh who visited the city and transacted by paying cash. Manjunath hatched a plan to rob one Mallikarjun, a native of AP. On September 9, one of the accused, went to AP and got into the same bus as Mallikarjun. Just as Mallikarjun got off the bus near Mysore Bank Circle, one of the accused snatched his bag containing cash. The accused escaped on a motorbike and later handed over the cash to the remaining accused.
Mallikarjun immediately filed a complaint at the Halasuru gate police station. The cops tried to trace the motorbike, but realised that it had a fake number plate.
The accused were caught by Srirampura police during patrol on Tuesday afternoon. During interrogation, the accused confessed to the robbery. The police believe that at least three more were involved in the crime.
“By the time we caught them, they had spent some of the money. Some of it is with the three, who are absconding. In all, we recovered about Rs 12 lakh,” T R Suresh, DCP (North), said.