Mangalore, August 26:The Mangalore city crime branch (CCB) cops have arrested a notorious criminal and assistant of underworld element Vicky Shetty and three others on Tuesday August 26th in a major operation.
The accused are namely Rohidas alias Sharan alias Akash Bhavan Sharan (29), who is an accused in the murder of KVG College administrative officer Ramakrishna A S; Pavitra Kumar alias Pavi (26) of Kavoor, Sachin (30), a resident of Bejai hailing from Puttur and Harsha Raj alias Harshit (22) of Kulshekar.
Addressing a press meet on Tuesday, police commissioner R Hitendra said that based on reliable information, the accused were arrested from Bondel-Pachanady overbridge on Tuesday morning. The accused were plotting a crime and when the cops reached the spot, some of them escaped in two bikes while the four were were caught.
Mr Hitendra revealed that, the police have seized a pistol, three bullets, a knife, a machete, mobile phones and a Nano car from the accused.
Sharan is an accused under 15 cases in various police stations in the district. In 2008, he was accused of murdering auto driver Farooq and in 2009, of an attempt to murder Khader and robbing him.
In 2009, Sharan allegedly raped an elderly woman at Yekkur and robbed her of valuables.
In 2011, he was one of the accused in the murder of Ramakrishna A S, administrator of KVG College, Sullia. He was arrested in 2012 and till October that year, he was in judicial custody and he was released on bail later.
After getting out from jail, he along with Santosh alias Santu, Gowrish alias Gowri, Gautam, Akshay and Harshit murdered Kumar of Kavoor and went absconding.
On April 7th, 2013, at around 11.25 pm; Sharan allegedly killed Prashant alias Pachu, manager of Sri Adhinatheshwara Roadlines, near Mangala Bar, with the help of other Vicky Shetty aides like Bhavanishankar, Naveen Shetty, Praveen, Bhavish, Pashu, Radhakrishna Shetty, Sachu alias Sachin and others. Case was filed in Mangalore south police station and the Pistol and swords were recovered.
In December 2013, along with Shiv of Bajal and Akash Bhavan Rohit, Sharan tried to loot a wealthy person. Sharan managed to escape but the others were arrested.
Among the other arrested, Sachin and Harsha Raj are also accused in murder cases.
The police commissioner stated that stringent action will be taken against those who might have helped Sharan escape from the law till now or helped him in committing the crimes.
Under the directions of Police Commissioner R Hitendra, under the guidance of DCP (law and order) Dr K V Jagadish and DCP (crime) Vishnuvardhan, led by CCB inspector Valentine D’Souza, ASI Shyamsunder, police personnel Shashidhar Shetty, Ganesh M P, Ganesh Kalladka, Venugopal, Chandrashekar, Dinesh Bekal, Abdul Jabbar, Rajendraprasad, Mani M N, Sudhir Shetty and driver Tejakumar, the arrest operation was carried.