Staff Reporter

Bangalore: Two software engineers died and a dentist sustained severe injuries in a car crash at Bhuvanahalli Gate near Bengaluru International Airport early on Saturday.

N. Vilas of Kumara Krupa and T.S. Shridhar of Sahakaranagar died, while C. Sumukh was shifted to a hospital at Basaveshwaranagar. The car was badly damaged in the accident.

Sathyanarayana Rao, sub-inspector, Devanahalli traffic police station, attributed the accident to rash driving.

The three had been to Nandi Hills on Friday night and set out on their return journey around 2.30 a.m.

They reached Bhuvanahalli Gate at 3 a.m.

Just before the airport, the driver apparently did not notice the signboard suggesting deviation to the left, and rammed a wall. The impact was such that the car spun in the air.

Idol recovered

The Central Crime Branch (CCB) police recovered a 13th century Veerabhadraswamy idol from K.G. Mohan (22), a labourer. Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said Mohan came across it while digging the land for a railway track near Hiremagalur in Chikmagalur district.

Experts put the value of the idol at Rs. 20 lakh in the international market.

The accused was looking for buyers for the idol when the police laid a trap and arrested him.

‘Chain-snatchers’ held

The CCB police arrested nine alleged chain-snatchers here recently and recovered 25 gold chains worth Rs. 16 lakh from them.

According to the police, five of them — A. Sampangi (23), N. Santhosh alias Emme Santhosh (23), P. Ajay alias Manu (22), A. Nagesh alias Kariya (19) and B. Mahesh alias Kunta (21) — were staying near Doddaladamara and would snatch chains using stolen motorcycles.

The police have recovered 17 chains from them.