Updated: August 27, 2021 9:56:50 pm
Six persons linked to an armed robbery at a Mysuru jewellery store on August 23, which resulted in the death of one person, were arrested by the Mysuru police from various locations around the country. “Out of eight, as many as six are arrested and there has been a significant recovery of stolen goods,” Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood said.
The arrests were carried out in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Jammu and Kashmir. Two persons who planned the robbery are from Mysuru and Bengaluru and have spent time in prison and the others, arrested from different states, carried out the robbery, the police chief said.
“The man from Mysuru who planned the robbery was running a shop himself and worked earlier in a store. He was arrested in a case of cheating. He joined hands with the person from Bengaluru. They got a gang from outside to execute the dacoity for gain,” DGP Sood said.
“It was meticulously planned and they escaped to different parts of the country. They are being brought back from various locations,” he said. Police said the crime was carried out purely for monetary gains and that a 7.65 mm country-made pistol was used in the robbery.
On the evening of August 23, four persons had entered the Amruth Gold and Silver Palace, a jewellery store at Vidyaranyapuram in Mysore, on the pretext of purchasing gold chains. The four robbers, who entered the store one after the other, closed the shutters and attempted to steal jewellery. The owner of the store was the lone attendant at the store at the time.
Chandrashekar alias Chandru, a resident of Dhadadhahalli in Mysuru, who was outside the store was shot when the robbers opened fire while trying to leave the store in a hurry with the stolen gold ornaments. The deceased had gone near the jewellery store to purchase gold.
The Karnataka police is also looking at possible links between the Mysuru armed robbery and the shooting of a cloth merchant from Rajasthan that occurred in Holalkere in the Chitradurga district of the state 10 days ago.
Video | One shot dead by robbers at a Mysuru jewellery store pic.twitter.com/6p86QEw5DO
The victim’s brother Rangaswamy told the media that they found the shutters down. “We heard some noises inside and assumed that the owner would open the store soon. As soon as the shutters opened, three people came running out and the owner screamed for help. One of them opened fire at the owner and my brother and I was behind the shop owner. One bullet hit my brother. We took him to the hospital but he did not survive,” he said.
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