The police arrested five alleged Bannanje Raja associates on the charge of conspiring to threaten and rob a businessman at the Ashirwad Junction here on Thursday.

The police gave the names of the arrested as: Mohammed Maksood, of Moodbidri, Mohammed Haneef, of Karkal, Sachin Poojary, of Udupi, Syed Buran, of Kaup, and Shamshudin, of Udupi. The police have recovered two swords, three steel rods and a car from them.

Maruti Nayak, Udupi Circle Police Inspector, said the arrested persons were waiting to prey on a businessman during his morning walk near Ashirwad Junction at around 5.30 a.m.

The police suspect that these five were acting on the instruction of underworld elements including Bannanje Raja, Siraj Hasan and Samir. The accused were produced before a local court, which had remanded them in judicial custody till October 7.

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