Two persons, including a man who had escaped from police custody, were arrested on Monday morning in connection with the violence at the toll plaza at Brahmarakootlu recently. According to the Bantwal Town Police, Hussainer and Mohammad Shamir were arrested from B.C. Road Railway Station as they were planning to flee to Bangalore.

The toll gate was attacked on April 26 by a mob that was protesting the recent hike in toll there. After perusing the CCTV footage from the booth, the police have filed an FIR against at least 15 persons – of whom only five have been arrested so far. Mohammad Shamir had been arrested immediately after the incident, but managed to flee from the police.

Explosives accused remanded

A court in Karkala remanded the prime accused in the explosives case Biju T.K. in judicial custody till May 17. A team of district police had nabbed Biju at Gurgaon near New Delhi and later arrested him in Karkala on April 29. He had been produced before the court in Karkala on April 30, which had remanded him in police custody till May 5. Hence, he was produced again before the court on Monday, which remanded him in judicial custody till May 17, the police said. About 95 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, 90,000 detonators, 1,200 gelatin sticks and 23,000 metres of safety fuse wires, were seized by the police in and (hamlets) around Karkala town from March 25 to April 7.

Two arrested on

charge of extortion

The district police have arrested two people, allegedly affiliated with an accomplice of the underworld gangster Ravi Poojary, on the charge of extorting money from a businessman at Hebri on Monday. K. Annamalai, Assistant Superintendent of Police, told The Hindu that a businessman from Hebri was receiving threat calls for money from Kali Yogesh, a henchman of Ravi Poojary. Though the businessman did not lodge any complaint, the police came to know about it through its sources. (Mr. Annamalai declined to reveal the name of the businessman).

The police then zeroed in on Nitin from Karkala and Sadik from Mangalore.

A case of extortion has been registered against both of them, Kali Yogesh and Ravi Poojary at the Hebri police station. The police were searching for Kali Yogesh.

Eight-year-old

boy missing

An eight-year-old boy, the son of street sellers form Rajasthan, was reported missing from Old Bus Stand at Hampankatta on Sunday night. Mangalore North Police said, the boy went missing some time between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., when the family of knick-knack sellers were sleeping on the pavement.

Four-year-old killed

A four-year-old boy was killed after a goods vehicle rammed into the two-wheeler he was travelling in at Gurupura on Sunday. According to the Bajpe police, Avniel Pais was travelling pillion when his uncle, Ronald was riding the two-wheeler, when the goods vehicle – collided with their motorcycle.

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