BENGALURU: Police shot at a 29-year-old history sheeter on Sunday when he tried to attack a policeman during a chase. Police said Manjunath alias ‘Mental’ Manja tried to attack a policeman while he was being chased for killing a tempo driver. Manjunath is recovering in a hospital.
A senior police officer of Hebbagodi station said that Manja had attacked Muniraju (26) for allegedly demanding sexual favours from Manja’s sister-in-law. Manja warned Muniraju to stay away from his sister-in-law but he continued to behave the same way.
Muniraju and his friends abused Manja for warning him. Upset over this, Manja followed Muniraju and attacked him at Bommasandra on Saturday. Muniraju died of his injuries later.
A special team was formed to nab Manja as he was on the run. Early on Sunday, police received information that Manja and a friend were passing by Bannerghatta Road. When the police team chased him, he turned back and tried to stab a policeman.
DySP of Bengaluru Rural
S K Umesh fired a warning shot asking him to surrender. When Manja moved forward to attack the policeman, Umesh shot at his right leg and he was nabbed. He was rushed to Victoria Hospital, where he is recovering.
“We are yet to take a statement from Manja to find the motive for the murder. Two of his associates are still at large,” said the officer. S K Umesh had earlier served as ACP in Vijayanagar sub division and was recently awarded the President’s police medal. Earlier this month, Umesh had shot at the main accused in a case where a BJP worker was killed near Anekal. The accused Rajesh had allegedly rolled the handcuff chain around a PSI’s neck and Umesh shot at his thigh.