An employee was badly burnt after an explosion rocked the toilet of an IOC petrol station in Bannerghatta on Saturday evening. According to the police, seconds after Nagaraj (30) had gone to use the toilet around 6 p.m., there was an explosion.

Among the many angles being probed, the police believe that the most likely explanation was that the victim tried to light a match to smoke inside the toilet. They are also probing if there was any leakage or even pilferage of fuel from the station. The pilfered or leaked fuel might have been close to the toilet,” said a police official. The condition of the victim was stated to be serious.

Fatal music

Pushpak (18), a first-year BCA student, was killed instantly when he came in the way of a train on the railway track near Kengeri on Saturday. The railway police said the teen was listening to music through headphones and did not hear the train approaching from behind.

Arrests yield gold

The city police said they have arrested 26 people, who allegedly conned women of their jewellery, and seized 2.406 kg of gold worth Rs. 65 lakh from them, thereby solving 55 cases.

The arrested men are from Hussaini Colony on Irani Galli in Bidar. A special team raided the colony and arrested 35 people, nine of whom were let off as they were innocent, the police said.

The police said the suspects lived in upper middle-class comfort, flying in to Bangalore to commit crime, targeting elderly women walking unaccompanied on the road. Their modus operandi was to scare them with some tale of murder in the vicinity and that it was safer to remove their ornaments.

Some of the gold recovered was displayed at a press conference here on Saturday.

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