Mangaluru, December 5: Eight aides of underworld operator Vicky Shetty were arrested by the Mangaluru City Crime Branch Cops near Thannirbavi on Thursday December 4th.
The arrested are Manoj Kumar (38), a resident of Sadashivanagar, Suratkal, Raghavendra alias Raghu (30), a residnet of Vamanjoor, Santosh Poojary alias Porlu Santu (33) of Bajal, Bharatesh (30) of Jeppinamogaru, Naveen alias Michael (26) of Baikampady, Sandesh Karkera (29) of Suratkal, Chetan alias Annu (27) of Suratkal, and Varnith Shetty (30) of Hosabettu.
Based on reliable information that Vicky Shetty aides Manoj, Raghavendra alias Raghu and others had assembled near Tannirbavi with an intension to plot the theft of a wealthy man and also the murder of Bharatesh of Bokkapatna who is an accused in the murder of rowdy Bejai Raja, the cops raided the spot and took eight into custody.
The cops have recovered four swords, three daggers, a machete, cash Rs 15,590 and eight cell phones from the accused.
Among the accused, Manoj and Naveen were involved in the murder of Simon Machado in Suratkal and Sandeep in Panambur.
Sandesh Karkera and Chetan were also involved in the Sandeep murder case, while Raghavendra was involved in the dual murder of rowdy Murugesh and his relative Upendra in Kavoor.
Bharatesh and Santosh Poojary are accused in assault and communal riot cases under Mangaluru rural police station.
Directed by police commissioner R Hitendra, guided by DCP- Dr K V Jagadeesh and DCP (crime) Vishnuvardhan, led by Valentine D’Souza- CCB inspector, this arrest operation was carried out along with the participation of PSI Shyamsundar and other cops.