The injured suspects — Ravi and Pradeep alias Chotte — are being treated at a hospital and out of danger, said police. DCP (southeast) Srinath Mahadev Joshi said the two suspects were shot at when they attacked sub-inspector Siddappa and assistant sub-inspector Ravi near Begur Lake.
Babli, a history-sheeter with Adugodi police station, was hacked to death by armed assailants inside a bank even as his wife and five-yearold daughter looked on. The incident occurred in Koramangala 8th Block on Monday afternoon.
Around 8pm on Tuesday, police commissioner Kamal Pant made a surprise visit to Koramangala station and sought updates on investigation in the case. Sources said the top cop was visibly upset over the culprits getting away after killing someone inside a bank. “Why did you people fail to keep an eye on the activities of these antisocial elements,” he questioned them.
Accordingly, Koramanagala police were looking for the suspects and received credible information that two of them were near Begur Lake. The team rushed to the spot and tried to arrest the duo, but they attacked police with machetes.
In self-defence, inspector B Ravi and sub-inspector Puttaswamy opened fire and shot at and injured the suspects in their knees.
Babli was 2nd accused in attempt-to-murder case
Meanwhile, it has come to light that an FIR registered with Ashoknagar police in April had identified Babli as accused no. 2 in an attempt-tomurder case. According to the FIR, a nine-member gang attacked one Arun Kumar near Shantinagar cemetery on April 17 and seriously injured him. Arun’s wife Swati, who witnessed the attack, had filed the complaint. Babli was named the second accused, while his brother-inlaw George the first.
Soon, police arrested eight persons named in the FIR, but let Babli off the hook. Family members of Arun Kumar questioned Babli going scot-free. Further, police filed the chargesheet, naming eight persons, but left Babli out.
Police claimed Babli was not at the spot when the attack took place and was hospitalised due to Covid-19. ACP (east) S Murugan said, “Though Swati mentioned Babli’s name in the FIR, investigation revealed Babli was hospitalised due to Covid-19. Since he was not at the spot and there was no evidence to connect him to the attack, the investigating officer from Ashoknagar police station did not arrest him.”
On Monday, police and Babli’s family members had claimed that he turned a new leaf and distanced himself from criminal activities for over a decade.
However, another senior police officer said Pant has ordered an inquiry into the Ashoknagar case and directed Central Crime Branch sleuths to look into the matter.