Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The One-Town police on Tuesday arrested three persons on the charge of stealing motorcycles from different parts of the city. The police recovered from them 22 motorcycles estimated to cost about Rs. 7 lakhs, besides arresting two others on the charge of purchasing the stolen vehicles.

At a press conference here, Police Commissioner K.V. Rajendranath Reddy charged D. Durga Prasad, 22, of Kothapet, Nunna Venkatesh, 22, of Mallikarjunapet and Sakkurthi Tarakesh, 20, of Pejjonipet with stealing 14 motorcycles of ‘Splendor’ brand, two each of ‘TVS MI’ and ‘Pulsar,’ and one each of ‘Yamaha,’ ‘Apache,’ ‘Honda Shine’ and ‘Boxer’ brands from different parts of the city. They were charged with selling the stolen vehicles to Abdul Kareem, 24, of Guntur and G. Pandu Ranga Rao, 22, of Mandavalli in Krishna district. Following a tip-off, the One Town police raided the houses of the three accused and seized a few motorcycles. Based on the information provided by them, the police took into custody the two persons who bought the stolen motorcycles and recovered all the 22 two-wheelers.

Jewellery recovered

In another case, the Krishnalanka police arrested Dronadula Arun Kumar, 24, of Santhapet in Nellore district and recovered from him jewellery weighing 100 grams, estimated to cost Rs. 1.1 lakh. Arun Kumar was charged with stealing the jewellery from women residing in Balaji Nagar and Kala Nagar areas by trespassing into their houses during nights. The police took the accused into custody when he was trying to sell the booty in a jewellery shop at Governorpet.

In a similar offence, the Krishnalanka police arrested a minor boy and recovered gold jewellery estimated to cost about Rs. 40,000. The boy was charged with stealing two gold chains from two houses at Gauthami Nagar and Kala Nagar areas of Krishnalanka.

Dies in freak accident

An employee of the Dr. Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station at Ibrahimpatnam near here died while taking up repairs to the conveyer belt of the cold plant on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Pamarthi Venkateswara Rao, 40, a junior plant assistant. The accident occurred when Rao, along with his colleague Namburi Raju, was repairing the conveyer belt under the supervision of assistant engineer M. Srinivasa Rao. As the conveyer belt suddenly began working, Rao was crushed to death at the cold plant. The body was sent for a post-mortem. The Ibrahimpatnam police registered a case. The management of the power station too ordered an internal inquiry into the accident.