Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Special teams of Dakshina Kannada police investigating the murder of a local builder, Subba Rao, stumbled on a part of the gang which was involved in a brazen heist at a jewellery shop on Kammanahalli Main Road in Bangalore. The teams headed by Mangalore Rural and Mangalore North Circle police inspectors Jayanth V. Shetty and Umesh G. Shet have arrested one person, allegedly involved in the heist.

Ashit Mohan Prasad, Inspector-General of Police (Western Range), confirming the arrest, said the police caught the accused Umesh Shetty, hailing from Moodbidri at Boliyaru Cross near Mudipu under Konaje police station. They recovered about two kilograms of gold jewellery from the accused; Mr. Prasad said.

B.S. Lokesh Kumar, Additional Superintendent of Police, said the police teams had detained some persons in connection with the murder case for interrogation. Some of those gave a clue about a few persons involved in the heist, he added.

Reliable sources in the department told The Hindu that Umesh Shetty had revealed that an inter-State gang of nine dacoits was involved in the heist. The sources also said that Bangalore police had arrested one more person at Koppa in Chikmagalur district. A gang had entered the jewellery outlet on August 11 and taken away 36 kg of the precious metal worth Rs. 3.6 crore and Rs. 3 lakh in cash at gunpoint, according to a complaint of its proprietors with the Bangalore police.

One more held

Hassan Staff Correspondent reports

Arasikere police arrested Naga alias Some Gowda, son of Amavasye Gowda, resident of Doddaeraganalu village in Arasikere taluk on Wednesday and recovered from him 1.5 kg gold ornaments.

At a hurriedly convened press conference at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Superintendent of Police Panduranga Rane said the accused was caught by the police when he called on his sister’s husband Rame Gowda at Gudadalli near Gandsi under Gandsi police limits in Arasikere taluk in Hassan district. Mr. Rane said the accused was earlier working in a hotel in Mumbai Central and was involved in a theft case at Matunga police station limits and was sent to Nasik Jail where he underwent four months imprisonment. There he came across with the other accused and hatched the plan in Nasik jail to rob Chemmanur jewellery shop in Bangalore. After the committing dacoity, Naga took away 1.5 kg gold ornaments, he said. Superintendent of Police said the accused would be sent to Bangalore along with the seized gold ornaments. A dacoity case was already registered in Banaswadi police station in Bangalore.