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Karwar: Five inter-State thieves from Uttar Pradesh have been arrested in connection with the looting of Cash, Gold and Silver ornaments from Karki KDCC bank and recovered 921 grams gold, 4 Kg 150 grams Silver and Rs. 86,000 in cash.
According to the Uttara Kannada Superintendent of Police K T Balakrishna, 3.58 kg of gold ornaments and Rs. 1.96 lakh in cash had been taken away from the KDCC Bankís branch at Karki village in Honnavar taluk on July 18. He said the police had formed three teams to nab the burglars who successfully arrested the burglers. He gave the names of the arrested as Ali Nawaz Khan, Shanavaz Peerajat Khan, Rajaram Bhumiraj, Akhlak Liaquat Pathan, and Ramavatar Amroji Jat of Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh.
Balakrishna said that of the five arrested, Ali Khan and Shanawaz Khan have been staying in Madaripalya near Hodagaluru in Shimoga district. The accused had first broken the window grills of the bank. As it was raining heavily, nobody noticed them. They then broke open the strong room and the locker of the bank and took away cash and ornaments. Part of the ornaments had been sold in Uttar Pradesh, SP added.
According to SP, Ali Nawaz Khan led the gang which was involved in several theft and burglary cases in different parts of Karnataka. He said Ali Nawaz Khan came to Karnataka in search of a job 10 years ago and settled in Shimoga. He used to sell old tyres in Shimoga and Gadag districts. He used to identify targets such as banks, post offices and other financial institutions and enter them at night with his gang members. The police teams had seized two country-made guns, swords, knives, rods, and other weapons from the accused. Steps were taken to recover the remaining valuables, the SP added.
Bhatkal DySP M Narayan, Sirsi DySP N D Birje, Kumta CPI Shirkanth, Mundgod CPI B Grish, Yellapur CPI Arvind Kalgujji, Gokaran PSI Balaji, Manki PSI Krishanand Nayak amongst other police officials were in the teams under the guidance of SP Balakrishna.
Video clip, Press meet at Karwar by UK Superintendent of Police K T Balakrishna