‘Maya Gang’ used a minor to assault head constable to retaliate Mangaluru police firing: Top cop

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January 19, 2021

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Mangaluru, Jan 19: Six youths have been arrested by the police in connection with the case of assault on a head constable reported more than a month ago in the coastal city. 

The attack which took place on December 16, 2020 in Mangaluru was in retaliation to the police firing that had claimed two lives during anti-CAA protest in Mangaluru on December 19, 2019. 

According to police a gang had used a minor to assault police head constable Ganesh Kamath in broad daylight near New Chitra Junction. 

After the attack, the police had arrested two persons, including the minor. Now, six more persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, said City Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar. In total, eight people have been nabbed till date.

The six arrested are Anish Ashraf (22) from Kudroli, Abdul Khader Fahad (23) from Kudroli, Sheik Mohammed Harris alias Jigri (31) from Bajpe, Mohammed Kayis alias Kayis (24) from Tannirbavi, Rahil alias Chotu Rahil (18) from Kudroli and Mohammed Nawaz (30) from B C Road.

"The accused, who belong to ‘Maya Gang’ or ‘Maya team’, used a minor to commit the offence, thinking that would keep them out of the police nets. Among the arrested, Nawaz and Kayis had coordinated with other gang members to execute the attack. It was a conspiracy against the police for the firing that had claimed two persons in Mangaluru during the protest. Among the arrested, there were a few who were distant relatives and close friends of those who were killed in police firing," said the Commissioner.

“Initially, the gang wanted to commit the crime on December 19. However, they changed their minds having realised the increase in security in the city, and committed the crime three days ahead of the date. Both the teams had met thrice in November and December, to systematically plan their act. 

Though Anish had volunteered to commit the crime, later, they decided to use a minor. Soon after the incident, Nawaz, one of the arrested, had tried to mislead the police during the course of investigation," said the police commissioner.  

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March 1,2021

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Udupi, Mar 2: NRI businessman B R Shetty on Monday blamed vested interests for his sudden fall from grace.

He also claimed to have been deceived by those whom he had trusted with his life. Shetty told mediapersons that an accountant, who was made the CEO of his company, had backstabbed him. Shetty said that he being ignorant about the developments led to the collapse of his financial empire.

But he refused to call his CEO an offender as the charges against him are yet to be proven. Besides, the case is in court and it will be unwise to pass any comments, he said. Shetty said that he is confident of overcoming current problems. 

He also recollected how banks in the USA had declined to offer credit cards to Donald Trump, but Trump went on to become the US President.

"Nothing is permanent," he added. Shetty recollected that he was a poor man in Udupi and used to borrow money even to buy petrol for his motorbike. "I am paying back all my debts," Shetty said.

Though he lost properties in other countries, his assets in India are still safe, and there are many people who envy him for his popularity, he claimed.

Shetty denied on having met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders. On being compared with Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi, Shetty said the comparison is "meaningless". Meanwhile, Shetty promises to continue charity work, adding that he has donated half of his assets to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"I once contributed five million dollars to country's economy. So I will bounce back," he said.

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February 21,2021

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Mumbai, Feb 21: After a year-long battle, a Bengaluru court on Saturday granted the custody of extradited gangster Ravi Pujari to Mumbai Police.

Milind Bharambe, joint commissioner (crime branch), Maharashtra said that Mumbai Police sought the custody of gangster Ravi Pujari, who is lodged in a Karanataka Jail, in connection with the 2016 Ghazali Hotel firing case.

"In the next few days, Pujari will be brought to Mumbai from Karnataka. There are around 49 serious offences registered in Mumbai against him apart from Navi Mumbai and Thane. We had been trying to get his custody for a year, and finally got success in the 2016 Ghazali Hotel firing case," said Bharambe.

Pujari, who was wanted in several cases, including ones related to heinous crimes like murder and extortion, was extradited to Bengaluru in February 2020 from Senegal.

The gangster, who parted ways with underworld don Chhota Rajan, had jumped bail after he was arrested in Senegal in 2019 and had escaped to South Africa, where he was involved in drug trafficking and extortion.

According to sources in the Indian intelligence, Ravi Pujari was hiding under the false identity of Anthony Fernandes, a Burkina Faso passport holder, in a remote village in South Africa.

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February 28,2021

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Bengaluru, Feb 28: KPCC President DK Shivakumar said that BJP leaders have failed to give details of the Rs 20 lakh crore package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the pandemic.

"The government failed to release documents about the distribution of packages with the details of the beneficiaries. People, including beedi workers in Dakshina Kannada, are on the streets fighting against the government," he said.

"The price of petrol and diesel was hiked 10 times in the last few days. When the prices of petrol and diesel are hiked, the price of all essential commodities too goes up," he said.

Further, he accused the BJP-led government of hiking the property tax during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Congress will fight for the demands of the people, he said.

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