Tractor lifter arrested

Accused had gone to jail five times

The Karimnagar CCS police have arrested an inter-state tractor lifter and recovered two tractors, a trolley and four water tankers valued at ₹20 lakh from his possession.

Disclosing this to newsmen here on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police V.B. Kamalasan Reddy said accused Kothapalli Raju alias Banothu Raju, a native of Kondapur village of Mustabad mandal in Rajanna-Sircilla district was involved in the stealing of the tractors and leading a luxurious life by selling them for last 13 years.

He was arrested five times and sent to jail. After coming out of the jail, he resorted to the same practice of stealing the tractors in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

The accused identifies the tractors and trolleys during the day time and steals them by using duplicate keys in the night and escapes from the village. He would sell the tractors stolen from Telangana in Andhra Pradesh and vice versa. He used to escape during the vehicle checking claiming that he secured the vehicle without number plate as per the government subsidy programme.

Following the complaints of stealing of two water tankers in Karimnagar town and Kothapalli village recently, the CCS police nabbed the accused. On credible information about the movement of suspected persons, the Karimnagar Two Town and CCS police launched a vehicle checking exercise at Padmanagar and nabbed the accused when he was moving with a stolen tractor and water tanker.

The accused had committed offences in all Telangana districts and Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh. The CP said they would recommend the enhancement of the punishment for the accused and planning to invoke PD Act also. The CP had also rewarded the CCS inspector E. Kiran and others involved in the arrest of the accused.

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