Mysuru: City police on Friday transferred the case of alleged shootout that happened at Hinkal on Thursday to the CID. A CID team, led by DySP Chandrashekar, has begun investigation.
The incident took place when a police team went to apprehend a gang that was allegedly involved in the exchange of demonetised currency notes near S.V. Apartment.
One of the gangsters Sukvinder Singh (40), hailing from Punjab, tried to attack a constable and in retaliation police inspector B.G. Kumar opened fire. He later died in hospital.
The police are waiting for the arrival of Sukhvinder’s parents and the body has been kept in Mysuru Medical College mortuary. Once they arrive, the post mortem will take place. This is to comply with the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court and NHRC, police added.
In his statement, Inspector Kumar said he got a tip off that a gang from Delhi or Mumbai was planning to exchange demonetised currency notes of Rs 500 crore face value near S.V. Apartment. The informer had also messaged him the gangsters’ vehicle number.
Kumar along with ASI Venteshgowda, constables Mahesh and Veerabhadra went in civil clothes in a private vehicle and the staff of Garuda-13 of the same police station, followed them. Near S.V. Apartment, they spotted a Toyota Etios car with the same registration number provided by the informer.
“We immediately surrounded that vehicle. In the front seat, the informer and the driver were seated, while three accused were seated in the rear. The accused got out and tried to run. When we chased them, one of the accused, who had a revolver, assaulted me and Veerabhadra and ran away,“ he said.
Later when Sukvinder was caught, he assaulted Veerabhadra and tried to strangulate him. He assaulted Venkteshgowda and Kumar whey they tried to free Veerabhadra. He also tried to snatch Kumar’s service revolver.
“As a warning I fired in the air, but he did not let go Veerabhadra and tried to attack us. In self defence I had to open fire at Sukvinder. We immediately rushed him to K.R. hospital but he succumbed,” he stated.
Kumar urged the police to take action against those who assaulted and tried to kill them.