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Police seize Rs. 88 lakhs

Staff Reporter

Lokesh of Viniv Inc had given the money to his friend

BANGALORE: The Central Crime Branch (CCB) officials on Wednesday night seized Rs. 88.36 lakhs from a house in Girinagar on an information given by Viniv Inc vice-president Lokesh, who was arrested in Guwahati on Monday.

The police said that Lokesh told them that he had given a suitcase and a bag containing cash to his friend Ramesh of Srinagar.

Mr. Ramesh had given the suitcase and the bag to his friend Appaji, an electrician and a native of Maraluvadi in Kanakapura taluk of Bangalore Rural district.

The police raided Mr. Appaji's house in BDA Layout in Avalahalli in Girinagar police station limits and seized Rs. 88.36 lakhs. The police have taken Mr. Ramesh into custody and are questioning him.

Commissioner of Police Ajai Kumar Singh told presspersons on Thursday that the court has remanded Lokesh in police custody.

The police will seek the help of experts to access the data from a laptop that was seized from Lokesh, he said.

He said the police had learnt that the chief promoter of Viniv Inc K.N. Sreenivas, and Lokesh were in Guwahati. "But we could trace only Lokesh there," he said.

Pirated books seized

The CCB officials on Wednesday arrested a youth on charges of selling pirated books and seized from him pirated engineering books with a face value of Rs. 10,000.

The name of the arrested was given as Ritesh (22) of HMT Layout in Mathikere.

The police said Ritesh was selling the pirated books at a shop in Avenue Road.

Gold chains recovered

The Commercial Street police have arrested three youths on charges of chain snatching and recovered from them seven gold chains estimated at Rs. 2 lakhs.

Their names were given as Venkatesh (22) and Rama (25), both from Malur taluk of Kolar district and Marappa (28) of Hosur in Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu.

The police said the three, who were recently released from jail, had snatched gold chains from women in Koramangala, Madivala, Hennur and Ramamurthynagar police station limits.

Assaulted

Ravi (30) was seriously injured when three men attacked him with a chopper at an arrack shop in Byatarayanapura police station limits on Wednesday night.

The police said that around 9.30 p.m. Ravi was having a drink at an arrack shop in Haleguddadhahalli.

A stranger asked him to buy arrack for him.

When Ravi refused, the stranger left the shop and returned with two others. They hit Ravi on the head with a chopper, the police said.

The Byatarayanapura police have registered a case.

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