BANGALORE: Armed men on Thursday night robbed two bank employees from Chennai of Rs. 10,000 cash, a gold chain, two mobile phones and ATM cards.
The police said Sri Hari and Sreenivasan, employees of ING Vysya Bank, had come here to attend a training programme. Around 8 p.m. they boarded an autorickshaw on Mahatma Gandhi Road to go to Adarsha cinema in Ulsoor.
Two men, who came on a motorcycle, intercepted the autorickshaw near the Gurudwara on Ulsoor Road. The pillion rider got into the autorickshaw, threatened the two passengers with a knife and made the driver to go towards Fraser Town. On reaching a secluded area near Coles Park, he robbed Sri Hari and Sreenivasan of the cash, gold chain, and other valuables. The autorickshaw driver too sped away after the incident.
The police said they were on the lookout for the driver and were investigating whether he too was part of the gang. The police said they have traced the address of the driver but he does not live there at present. On a complaint by Sri Hari, the Ulsoor police have registered a case.
Sampangi (40), an onion merchant, was stabbed to death near his house on Seppings Road in Bharathinagar police station limits on Friday morning.
The police said that following a quarrel, Murugan, an autorickshaw driver, stabbed Sampangi around 7.15 a.m. Murugan reportedly had an affair with Sampangi’s wife, Vimala, who was a witness to the murder.
The Bharathinagar police, who have registered a case, said they were investigating whether Vimala had connived with Murugan in the crime. Sampangi used to sell onions at Russell Market.
The Byatarayanpura police have arrested seven office-bearers of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (T.A. Narayana Gowda faction) who had allegedly murdered Sunil Kumar (23), an autorickshaw driver, in the early hours of January 1.
The arrested were identified as Revanna, president of the Vedike’s Vittalnagar unit and office-bearers Naveen, Raja, Girish, Deepak, Giridhar and Nagesh. The police are on the lookout for another accused Prem, also a Vedike activist . According the police, Sunil, who had criminal antecedents, often threatened and extorted money from the Vedike activists. To get rid of him, the accused made him attend a New Year party. Later they attacked the drunken Sunil near his house in Kastrubanagar, the police said.
In another case, the Kadugondanahalli police arrested Sadiq Basha (35) who had allegedly murdered his wife Gulzar Baanu on Monday night. The police said that suspecting his wife’s fidelity, Basha had slit Gulzar’s throat at their house in Rashadnagar.