Bengaluru Police hunt down anti-social elements ahead of elections; 3 rowdies shot in 5 days

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First Published 13, Mar 2019, 8:31 PM IST
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Bengaluru Police hunt down anti-social elements ahead of elections 3 rowdies shot in 5 days CCB Lakshmana murder case
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Following the murder of rowdy Lakshmana in broad daylight on March 7, the Central Crime Branch of Bengaluru has so far opened fire on three members allegedly involved in anti-social elements, sending a strong message ahead of Lok Sabha elections

Bengaluru: Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru has shot three rowdies in just five days. All of this in relation to gangster Lakshmana's murder case. The action was taken when they resisted their arrest and tried to escape. Thus, it is a warning not only for rowdies, but also for those who want to create  unrest in the society during Lok Sabha elections.

An accused in the Lakshmana case, Cat Raja, was shot when he was attempting to escape from the cops near Gudibande in Chikkaballapur limits, Karnataka. The police took him to Kareem Saheb Layout at Rajagopal Nagar, from where the blood-stained clothes and murder weapons were seized.  

The Bengaluru Police also chased another accused Marathi Hemanth and caught him at Nagarbhavi area on Tuesday after opening fire while he tried to attack one of their men.

After questioning both, the police tracked down the third accused, rowdy Akash. He too was shot in Subramanyapura before getting arrested.

Though it is a murder case, investigation has revealed that a JD(S) leader's daughter Varshini is involved in this. She is reportedly being questioned. Thus, the involvement of political leaders came to light.

"Anti-social elements are thugs who create trouble for money and we back the efforts of the police and the action of firing at them as these criminals do not hesitate to attack the police. This action was necessary in order to restrict anti-social elements and prevent murders and other crimes for political reasons, before elections," said Kengal Shripadarenu, Congress spokesperson.

"BJP welcomes this move by the police for maintaining law and order, without endangering the lives of innocents," said BJP's spokesperson S Prakash.

But CCB expert and former ACP BK Shivaram expressed concerns about the action undertaken by the police. "If at all the police has to instil fear, they should ensure that they get a good public prosecutor to make sure these people do not get bail. Their family details, and their movements should be tracked and recorded by the police. Nevertheless, the police must ensure that there is no escape from the law, which will stop them from committing any crime," Shivaram said.

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