Puttur: Overtaking attempt blocked – Gang which beat up lorry driver held

Daijiworld Media Network – Puttur (SP)

Puttur, Jun 4: A three-member gang seated in a car, which assaulted the driver of a lorry allegedly for blocking their attempt to overtake the lorry at Mani Peraje on national highway 75, was arrested. The police personnel of Puttur station caught hold of the gang members who were fleeing in a car at Kemmayi, Puttur.

The arrested persons happen to be Mohammed Arafat (35) from Ullal Kotepura, U K Nasir (36) from Kotepura, and Muhammed Asif (48) from Mangaluru Someshwar Kumpala. They had attacked the lorry driver with a liquor bottle for not giving them enough room to overtake and fled in a car towards Uppinangady.

Uppinangady police tried to stop the gang near Nekkilady but they drove into the barricades and moved towards Puttur.

Under the instructions of deputy commissioner of police, Gana P Kumar, Puttur town station sub-inspector Jamburaj led a team at Kemmayi. The three accused were arrested. It was found that all of them had consumed some intoxicating substance. One of the police staff who got injured during the operation was treated in a hospital.’

Separate first information reports against the accused were filed in Puttur and Uppinangady police stations.

Dakshina Kannada district superintendent of police, Rishikesh Sonawane, said that when the Puttur police tried to arrest the accused at Kemmayi, the accused entered into verbal friction with the police, attacked the policemen, and obstructed them from discharging duties. One of the accused escaped in the process and a search for him has been launched, he added.