Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Armed men dragged a cab driver out of his vehicle and hacked him to death in the Cottonpet police station limits in the early hours of Monday.

The police said the incident occurred around 6 a.m. when Ravi (25), driver of a multi-utility vehicle on hire to a call centre, was on his way to pick up the employees of the call centre from Malleswaram.

Ravi left his house in Azadnagar around 5.30 a.m. Six men stopped his vehicle near the Banana Market on Binny Mills Road. They smashed the windscreens and dragged him out of the vehicle and attacked him with swords and choppers, killing him on the spot, the police said.

Ravi was an eye-witness to the murder of his brother, Prabhakar, an automobile consultant who was killed in 2003 allegedly by Ramu and five others. The accused were reportedly forcing Ravi to withdraw the complaint. The police suspect that the accused in Prabhakar murder case could have got Ravi eliminated fearing that he would give evidence against him. Ramu and five others are in judicial custody in Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. Some of them had come out on parole recently. The police do not rule out the possibility of those who have come out on parole murdering Ravi.

Cricket betting

The Basavanagudi police have arrested Kumar, a bookie, who was allegedly taking bets on the cricket match that was played between India and South Africa in Ireland on June 29. The police said Kumar was accepting bets from punters near Netkallappa Circle. The police have seized from him Rs. 3,000 cash and a cheque of Rs. 3.5 lakh. The police are on the lookout for his accomplice, Praveen.

Arrack seized

The Subramanyapura police on Sunday night arrested Sundarappa (48) who was allegedly selling arrack at Vaddarapalya in violation of the ban on the sale of arrack. The police seized 233 arrack sachets and Rs. 130 cash from him.

Suicides

Two persons committed suicide in separate incidents in the city on Sunday. The police said Lakshmidevamma (45), mother of two, set herself ablaze at her house in Parimalanagar in Nandini Layout police station limits on Sunday afternoon. She died at hospital in the early hours of Monday.

In the other incident, Jagadish (30), an employee of a private business establishment on K.G. Road, committed suicide by consuming poison at his house in Cholurpalya on Sunday night.

Killed

Nagaraju (27), a welder and a resident of Kamakshipalya, died on the spot after he rammed his motorcycle against a road median on Hebbal Ring Road, near the Shanimahatma temple, around 10.45 p.m. on Sunday.

Nagaraju’s wife Ganga, who was riding pillion with him, was seriously injured and has been hospitalised.

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