City police have arrested a moneylender for allegedly charging exorbitant rate of interest and harassing borrowers and seized from him a pistol, nine bullets, and Rs. 6.32 lakh as well as signed blank cheques, stamp papers and other documents.

Manjunath (37), a resident of Kodihalli Main Road, had been charging up to 20 per cent a week as interest, the Jeevan Bima Nagar police said.

Ganja seized

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) personnel arrested two men near Moin Masjid on Shampur Main Road on Tuesday and recovered Rs. 80,000 worth ganja from them.

Mohammed Barkat (19) and Syed Fizal (28), residents of Muslim Colony near Karumariyammanagar on Tannery Road, were selling the weed to students and pub regulars, the police said.

21 arrested

The police arrested 21 people, including associates of notorious history sheeters, in the last 15 days and recovered property worth Rs. 53 lakh from them.

The properties include 1.46 kg gold, five cars and four motorcycles, Police Commissioner Shankar M. Bidari said here on Thursday. Some of the arrested had bought high-end cars with stolen property.

Mr. Bidari lauded the police for cracking the cases and announced a cash reward of Rs. 60,000.

Held

Five notorious criminals, who were conspiring to kill rival history sheeters Mulama and Selvam, were arrested here on January 7.

The arrested are Mithunkumar (21) of Thanisandra, Dileepkumar (23) of Palace Guttahalli, Santhosh alias Sandy (20) of Parvathipura, Srinivas alias Seens (24) of Manjunathanagar and M. Chikke Gowda alias Santhosh alias Kuduka (20) of Sunkadakatte.

The five are said to be associates of notorious history sheeter Lambu Nataraj, who was killed, along with two of his men, allegedly by Silent Suneel's gang in a Malleswaram hotel in December 2010.

The arrested men had been hatching a plan to kill their rivals Mulama and Selvam, also history sheeters, CCB officials said.

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