BANGALORE: Subramanyapura police arrested six miscreants who robbed lakhs of rupees by diverting the attention of customers who had gone to bank to deposit money. Their modus operandi was to divert the attention of the people by throwing Rs 10 notes.
Unaware of the consequences, many had fallen prey to their act and had lost lakhs of rupees. In an incident, Rajagopalan, a city-based businessman, had gone to Syndicate Bank at Doddakallasandra along with his driver.
When Rajagopalan’s driver stepped out of the car to buy a tender coconut, the miscreants dropped Rs 10 notes near the car and informed Rajagopalan that the notes had fallen from his driver’s pocket.
When Rajagopalan stepped out of the car to pick up the notes, the miscreants took away the Rs 2.5 lakh cash that was kept in the car and fled. Following the rise of many such incidents in the city, police formed a special team led by Sonia Narang, DCP, South.
The team collected information from other states like Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh and arrested Rajesh alias Raja, 27, Subramani alias Ganesh, 20, Venkatesh alias Kashi, 20, Uttaman alias Hanumantha Rao, 40, Naresh alias Kaliya Murthy, 24 and Sharavana alias Govind, 24.
The police recovered Rs 3 lakh in cash and valuables worth Rs 1 lakh from the miscreants.
All the accused are natives of Andhra Pradesh and are found to be relatives.
They executed the plan by hiring a house at Hosur, Tamil Nadu and robbed customers at various banks in Bangalore, Kolkata, Tirupati, Hyderabad, Hosur, Krishnagiri, Chennai and Madurai.
Twelve such pending cases on ‘attention diversion’ across the city were solved with their arrest.