Staff Correspondent

Udupi: The Udupi district police arrested two persons from Mumbai who were allegedly planning to commit a bank robbery. The arrests were made at Santhekatte here on Tuesday night.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Superintendent of Police Pravin Pawar said an alert citizen had informed the City Police Control Room about a group of persons behaving in a suspicious manner at Santhekatte. A team of police personnel went to the area and arrested two of them, while three others escaped.

The arrested persons have been identified as Sanjay Singh of Nepal and Brijesh Upadhyaya from Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh. On enquiry, the duo confessed that they were from Mumbai and had come to Udupi to rob a bank.

Sanjay Singh had been staying in Mumbai for 19 years. He told the police about the crimes his gang had committed in Mumbai, Thane and Pune. He said they all had robbed several banks with the help if firearms and other deadly weapons.

Sanjay Singh was last arrested by the Mumbai police in 1999. He was released from jail in 2002.

Brijesh Upadhyaya was also a notorious dacoit from Mumbai, sources said.

Mr. Pawar announced a reward of Rs. 25,000 for the police team which arrested the duo.