Three arrested in MIT students’ robbery case1 min read
Manipal: Two students of Dr. T.M.A Pai Polytechnic, Manipal and an auto driver, were arrested by the Manipal Police on April 9 for being accused of beating up and robbing two students from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), while their accomplices remain at large.
Ankit Chaudhary and Shamik Pushkar, both second year students of Chemical Engineering, MIT were assaulted and robbed by seven people on April 5. According to the complaint registered, at around 9:45pm, both the students got into an auto near Mighty Restaurant, which already had three passengers on board. They directed the auto driver to drop them at Kamath Circle (KC) but were instead taken to Mannapalla, near Manipal Lake, where three other people were waiting.
The group then assaulted the two passengers with belts and snatched their ID cards and two mobile phones valued at Rs. 10,000. They also took an ATM card from them and forcibly obtained its PIN number and reportedly withdrew Rs. 1000 from it, from a Canara Bank ATM centre in Kunjibettu.
The police have recovered a sum of Rs. 1200 and an ID card from Shashikant Upadhya, the auto driver and Akhilesh Shetty, Rahul J K, both second semester students of Computer Science, Dr. TMA Pai Polytechnic. The auto used for the loot, KA 20 B 4462 has also been seized.
“The four other suspects who are still absconding belong to the same institute of the two students who have been arrested. We are hopeful of getting hold of them in a day or two,” said S. A. Thipannavar, Chief Inspector of Police, Manipal. “There can be more people involved. According to the accused auto driver, who has already admitted to the crime in the interrogation, there are more than seven people involved,” he added.
Sub-edited by Sabari Saran