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Bannanje Raja brought to Udupi: Sent to 15 days police custody

Kundapur: The murder Mafia don Bannanje Raja alias Rajendra was brought to Udupi police station on Saturday August 15 and will be in police custody for 15 days.

Bannanje Raja has been booked under 44 cases out of which only 16 cases will be investigated as per the negotiation done with the Morocco authority.

Bannanje is the prime accused in the shoot out case of businessman and BJP leader R.N Nayak. Udupi SP K. Annamalai is investigating this case. R.N Nayak was murdered in 2014. In a phone call to the police department Bannanje Raja then had agreed that he gave supari to killR.N Nayak and he has more than one thousand sharp shooters with him.

This confession of Raja might prove costly to him as the police will produce this as the main proof in the court. His name first emerged in the criminal list after the murder of Kokkarne Kushala Shetty in 1991 after which he went on expanding his criminal empire.

  • Published in Udupi

Out on bail ganja peddler arrested by Manjeshwar police

Kasargod: A ganja peddler who was released on bail recently was again arrested by the police in another ganja peddling case.

The arrested has been identified as Jafar Ali (49), a resident of Shantiguri near Bekur in Uppala.

Manjeshwar police qustioned the accused after noticing him wandering in the city suspiciously. When the police checked the bag he was holding they found 300 packets of ganja.

The police seized the 1100 gms of ganja and arrested the police.

Earlier Kumble police had arrested tha accused in ganja peddling case. Later he was released on bail. He continued his business after releasing from the jail and again caught by Manjeshwar police.
  • Published in Kerala

Gang trying to sell 500-yr-old Quran busted in Karnataka

Mysuru: A nearly 500-year-old gold coated antique Quran believed to be from the Mughal period has been seized from a gang that was trying to sell it for Rs five crores in Mysuru.

Police in the Mysuru district seized the ancient Quran while a group of 10 persons were trying to sell it near the Hosa Agrahara Railway station in rural Mysuru on Monday. The Superintendent of Police of the Mysuru district Abhinav Khare said that the 10 persons who were trying to sell the ancient copy of the Islamic holy book, have been arrested.

The Quran that was in the possession of the gang and a car they were using have been seized, Mysuru district SP said. A case has been registered at the Saligrama police station under section 25 of the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act 1972 and section 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, SP Khare said. “We are investigating the case to ascertain how the gang got hold of the book,” Khare said.

The ten persons who were arrested have been identified as N Nagaraju, 30, V Murali Krishna, 30,  and Bhaskar M, 31, all residents of Raichur district, Kallappa Kambala, 54 of Kalburgi, Kanakappa Kambala, 40 of Gadag, Sanath, 27 of Udupi, Ravindra, 33 of Kollur, Vijayendra, 30 of Hosanagar, Prasad, 43 of Sagar and Raghavendra, 30 of Siddapur.

The Mysuru district police said that a team was looking for the gang after police recieved credible information that a group of men were trying to find customer to sell a gold coated Quran. Saligrama police sub-inspector S Gangadhar recieved an information around 8 pm on Monday that five members of the group were in a car near the Hosa Agrahara Railway station and were trying to sell the ancient copy of the Quran. He sent two police constables as decoys and the gang demanded Rs five crore to sell the book. The gang was arrested following the arrival of additonal police forces. Five more members of the gang were arrested from Mysuru city.

Police investigation has revealed that the accused did not inform the archeology department about being in possession of the ancient Quran though it is mandatory while holding any type of antique goods. “This 500 year old holy Quran has a total of 302 sheets and 604 pages. All pages are coated with gold,” Mysuru SP Khare said.
  • Published in Karnataka

Police raids slaughter house in Ullala: Accused flee

Ullala: Police raided a slaughter house in Chembugudde here on the early hours of Wednesday August 12 and seized two dead and 11 live cattle from the spot. The raid was conducted as per the information given by the members of Hindu organisation. Three accused have managed to escape from the site.

This is the third raid during the last seven months by police. The accused brothers M.C Bava and M.C Khader and Imtiaz of Millatnagar in Ullala fled away from the site.

Activists of Kuthar unit of Bajrang Dal, who got information that cattle were being taken to Chembugudde slaughterhouse from the city in a pick-up van, passed on this information to Ullal police. The policemen conducted the raid, but could not stop the accused from running away in time. They took over custody of two dead and 11 live cattle, all of which had been huddled in one pick-up truck.

Fourth raid: M.C Bava runs a slaughter house in his house since many years. He has been arrested many times for this but every time he gets bail and again continues his business. Everytime the police raids a slaughter house the accused manage to flee. Police seize quintols of beef from the spot.

  • Published in Ullal

Suspended inspector T.D Nagaraj appointed as incharge of Bajpe police station

Mangaluru: The suspension order against inspector T. D Nagaraj for allegedly assaulting a lawyer has been revoked and he has been appointed as the incharge of Bajpe police station.

Nagaraj was suspended over the allegation of assaulting lawyer Uttam Rai when the latter had come with a client to Kadri police station where Nagaraj was the inspector. Mangaluru bar association had protested agianst the incident and demanded the suspension and arrest of T.D Nagaraj.

The lawyers had given three days' deadline to the police to arrest Nagaraj. However, Nagaraj was not arrested. Uttam Rai had also filed a case against Nagaraj on several charges and a counter case was also filed.

Mangaluru bar association president Chengappa has condemned the move.

  • Published in Mangaluru

Person tries to snatch chain: Locals thrash, hand him over to the police

Ullala: A person was thrashed by locals and later handed over to the police for trying to snatch a goldchain from a woman near Koragajjana katte in Kuthar in Ullala police limit on Monday night August 10.

The accused has been ideintified as Abdul Rehman, a resident of Kinya.

It is reported that Shobha Shetty, a resident of Kuthar was walking on the road near Koragajjana Katte. The accused followed her in a bike and when she reached Koragajjana katte he stopped his bike and came close to her and tried to snatch the gold chain from her neck.

As the lady started shouting for help locals rushed to the spot and caught Abdul who was trying to flee from the site. They thrashed him and later handed him over to the police.

  • Published in Ullal

Mysuru district police have nabbed seven highway dacoits

  • Published in Karnataka

Bengaluru police to fly to Morocco to take the custody of Bannanje Raja

Bengaluru: The Karnataka State police have obtained extradition orders against overseas fugitive and underworld don Bannanje Raja, who was arrested by the Morocco police and Interpol in February 2015.

A six-member State police team, led by Bengaluru’s Additional Commissioner of Police (West) C H Pratap Reddy, will fly to Morocco in a couple of days.

Raja will be brought to Karnataka within a week to face trial in various courts, Director General and Inspector General of Police Om Prakash told a press conference on Friday.

The state police had made an extradition request through CBI, Interpol wing, Ministry of External Affairs and Indian Embassy in Morocco. The highest court of Morocco has granted permission. The state government received an official confirmation on August 5, 2015, he said.

“Bannanje Raja alias Rajendra, a native of Malpe in Udupi, is a wanted underworld don. In 2009, a Red Corner Notice was served by Mangaluru police against him and the Interpol had also issued a notice to every country about Raja,” Om Prakash said.

On February 12, 2015, Raja was arrested by the Interpol and Morocco police, based on information provided by the Indian intelligence agencies. Immediately, a provisional request was sent to Moroccan authorities to retain him in their custody. The state police had invoked Karnataka Control of Organised Crime Act, 2000 (KCOCA) against Raja.

“As there was limited time, we prepared documents relating to three cases booked against Raja. Later we asked the authorities at Morocco to extend time so that we can submit more documents related to other cases. They agreed and granted us 30 days time and we prepared the documents pertaining to 14 major cases. The dossier weighing around 100 kg was sent to the Morocco authorities, requesting his extradition. It was humongous process to translate thousands of documents into English and French,” Om Prakash said.

The proceedings of the extradition were conducted by the highest court of Morocco (Court of Cassation). After verifying the documents, the court granted the extradition request.

Raja had three passports in his possession under different names, Krishna Kumar Kankanadi, Rahim Khaleel and Kumar Raj Hemanth Hegde. The passports were obtained from Mangaluru, Bengaluru and Mumbai. He had flown to Morocco using the passport under the name Hegde, the police said.
  • Published in Karnataka
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