Mangaluru, June 18: Ten persons who were plotting for murder were arrested from near Jokatte industrial area here by the city crime branch (CCB) police on Thursday June 17th.
The arrested are identified as Srinivas (40) from Basavanagudi, Bengaluru, Shravana (36) from Banashankari, Bengaluru, Mahendra (35) of Tyagarajanagar, Bengaluru, Mohammed Suhail alias Suhail (20) from Kuthar, Sahil Ismail alias Sahil (20), from Krishnapura, Abdul Rauf alias Rauf (20) from Haleangady, Suzaan alias Mohammed Suzaan alias Sujja (18), a resident of Haleangady, Mohammed Aneez alias Aneez (18) of Padu Panambur, Haleangady, Mohammed Akbar Sawad (17), residing near Badriya Jumma Masjid in Haleangady and Mohammed Sahfiq (17), resident of Kombattu in Hejamadi, Udupi district.
The police have seized a fake pistol, five machetes, 16 mobile phones and the Scorpio vehicle from the possession of the accused.
The CCB police raided the spot based on credible information that a Scorpio vehicle was moving suspiciously in the surroundings of an electrode factory near Baikampady here and arrested eight persons.
The police said, ten accused were planning to kill a person named Ilyas against whom they had an old rivalry and had also planned to rob some rich persons. They had kept a watch on Ilyas’ movements. They had taken a Scorpio vehicle on hire to commit the crime and had changed its number plate.
Ilyas, a resident of Ullal, had been arrested under Goonda Act in connection with a crime. He was recently released from jail.
Among the accused, Suzaan is the younger brother of Safwan of Haleangady who is presently under judicial custody. It is learnt that it was on Safwan’s instructions that the eight had planned to kill Ilyas.
Accused Mahendra is facing charges in an attempt-to-murder case in JP Nagar police station, Bengaluru. Sahil Ismail is booked in a theft case in Bajpe police station and attempt-to-murder case in Hassan city police station.
The ten accused and the seized items have been handed over to Panambur police for further investigations.
Directed by police commissioner S Murugan, under the guidance of DCP (law and order) K M Shantaraju, DCP (Crime Branch) Vishnuwardhan, and led by CCB inspector Valentine D’Souza, this operation was conducted.