Eight associates of rowdy-sheeter Bettanagere Shankar have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police on the charge of plotting dacoity and murder of a real estate industrialist near Kareemsaab Layout in Hegganahalli under Rajagopalnagar police limits.

The accused were identified as Muniraju (26), Nagaraju (27), Manjunath (25), Rudresh (26), Ananthraju (31), B. Anand (43), Hemanth Kumar (22), all from Bangalore, and Abhishek (27) from Mandya. The police said that the accused were plotting the murder for financial gains based on instructions from Bettanagere Shankar who is in Bijapur jail. The accused extorted money from various people involved in land deals in the Nelamangala area, the police added. A case has been registered.