Armed men rob city couple on Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway
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Armed men rob city couple on Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway

February 8, 2023
  • Nagaraju, wife Jayashree relieved of Rs 3.81 lakh worth valuables
  • They are residents of Ramakrishna Nagar ‘E & F’ Block
  • Complaint lodged at Mandya Rural Police Station

Mysore/Mysuru: Even as the newly built 10-lane Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway is set for a formal opening soon, a couple from Mysuru was allegedly robbed of their valuables and cash all worth Rs. 3.81 lakh near Mallaiahanadoddi Bore in Mandya district on the Expressway on Feb. 6.

58-year-old N. Nagaraju, a resident of ‘E & F’ Block, Ramakrishna Nagar in city and a teacher at Government High School, Railway Workshop Colony, Mysuru and his wife L. Jayashree are those couple who were robbed by a two-member gang of armed robbers in the wee hours of Monday (Feb.6).  The couple  lodged a complaint later in the day at 12.30 pm at Mandya Rural Police Station.

The couple’s son M.N. Madan, who is employed in Bengaluru had come to Mysuru on Feb. 3. He along with his parents had gone to his wife’s place at Hiriyur in Chitradurga District on Saturday (Feb.4), for the naming ceremony of his child. After the ceremony, Madan, dropped his wife and kid at his parents’ home in Mysuru and returned to Bengaluru.

On Sunday (Feb. 5), Nagaraju and Jayashree (Madan’s parents) drove to Bengaluru to drop their daughter-in-law and grandchild at their son’s house at Anjanapura in J.P. Nagar there. They reached Bengaluru at 5 pm and started their return journey, after having dinner at 10.30 pm.  

In his complaint,  Nagaraju has alleged that “Myself along with my wife had gone to Bengaluru. We were driving back home from Bengaluru in our car, when we stopped the vehicle near Mallaiahanadoddi Bore at about 1.10 am. I went out to attend nature’s call and was washing my face, when two strangers aged about 28 to 30 years came near the vehicle. One of them pushed me towards the driver’s seat and pulled the key from the car. He sat on the rear seat and held a knife on my neck, while another threatened my wife with a dragon weapon. As my wife screamed, the assailant warned of hitting her and threatened to get rid of us, if we don’t hand over the valuables.”

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Najaraju further stated that they were constricted from seeking help out of fear though there were vehicles moving constantly on the same stretch of the highway. 

“They later snatched 20 grams gold chain with a pendant weighing one gram, finger rings weighing 25 grams and Rs. 25,060 cash from me (Rs 60 from shirt pocket and Rs 25,000 from the trouser) and  a gold mangalya chain weighing 67 grams from my wife, all totalling 92 grams. The total worth of valuables including cash is Rs 3,81,060,” he added.

Nagaraju further alleged that the robber, who had held his wife, came out of the car, closed the door with his leg and jumped over the fence while the other who had held him, returned the key asking him to start the car and later got down. The robber warned Nagaraju not to stop the car for atleast 50 kms, besides threatening that the car would be under the watch of his accomplices, who would kill them if they stopped.

The petrified Nagaraju, drove the car till Manipal Hospital Junction (formerly Columbia Asia Hospital) on Mysuru- Bengaluru Expressway that marks the entry to Mysuru City, before stopping there. He later called his relatives over phone and narrated the incident. They advised him to go home and approach the Police later.

A complaint was lodged at Mandya Rural Police Station on Monday (Feb.6). Following the complaint by Nagaraju, Mandya Rural Police registered a robbery case under IPC Section 394. They (Police) conducted a spot mahazar and have launched a hunt to nab the robbers.

12 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Armed men rob city couple on Mysuru-Bengaluru Expressway”

  1. Rao Bhamidimarri says:

    There you go! It did not take long for armed robbers to focus on the users of this Highway. They know these users are above middle class with cash, given that the Highway is expensive with the tolls fee.
    This will not be the fist instance but the beginning of a trend.
    Narendra Modi, during his stop over at the UAE last year promised to Keralite businessmen residing there that he will will approve a non-stop direct
    Abu Dhabi-Mysore flight, when Mysore airport being expanded is able to receive the medium haul jetliners like the A320/737. These Keralite businessmen, so they say, are in reality the crime bosses who smuggled gold currently into Kerala and who operate the very lucrative illegal Hawala money channel operations there, which is being extended to Mysore through the Wayanad-Nanjangud-Mysore corridor. These Keralite so called business men, have set up warehouses in Mysore and have established business premises t in the expectation of expanding their gold smuggling operations to Mysore, distribution of this smuggled gold beyond into Mysore- Bangalore corridor thanks to the correct timing of this Mysore-Bangalore Highway opening .
    Within the nest year, the smuggled gold distribution as well as the Hawala money channel expansion in this Mysore-Bangalore corridor -focusing on Srirangapatna, Mandya, Maddur etc.. to Bangalore means use of sturdy German cars and vans with armed guards’ escort. One can imagine, how the crime incidents then will massively escalate.

  2. Kalabeda, Kolabeda, Luncha Beda, Mosa Beda! says:

    One could see emergence of armed robber gangs with expertise to focus on the cars that use this Highway-a lucrative spin off for them, gifted by the National Highway authorities!

  3. Rajeevalochan says:

    Very sad sir. But at the same time I admire your confidence in not only traveling at such an odd hour with only your wife for company and also stop at an isolated place on a highway. We have a long way to go as far as security is concerned. Highways are totally neglected not only for such crimes but also for safe driving. Government should address these issues on priority.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s pretty sad incident. But, whoever is blaming the highway for this mishap, please ban them for using the highway.

  5. Sanjiv Dixit says:

    Why blame HW or Police for the accident. The police can’t stop crime everywhere. If a lady alongwith her husband Travels in the midnight wearing 92 GM of Gold, her safety security is compromised by themselves. Even if it’s the robbery, the night driving is dangerous as regard with the challenge of sleep risks. We should caution safety and security amid the development which comes with curruption globally. Things are no more as safe as they were a decade ago in even South India

  6. Dr Y N I ANAND says:

    This fool should blame himself as he invited trouble with open arms!! Traveling with so many valuables that too at the dark hour of the day & stopping the vehicle in an isolated place are all invitation for trouble. He invited it & had it too!!

  7. Ramnath says:

    Actually my mother was robbed by a harmed robbers .and the police complaint was filed.luckily the robber got caught behind the bars.but the police is saying that the robber has sell the Gold in atticaa finance.and asking attica finance people the they told the they sold the gold in an auction.robber caught but gold is not recovered

  8. Sandy says:

    Always stop in petrol pumps/Restaurant for nature call for your safety. Why stop in the isolated place and that too in the mid night. It’s a risk decision to stop.

  9. Kalabeda, Kolabeda, Luncha Beda, Mosa Beda! says:

    Hey@Sanjiv Dixit
    Your post and other idiots who have posted should realise that India is a bandit country, where the police and politicians in power are themselves corrupt to the core.
    The reason why these robbers are attracted to gold, is that your INR is a worthless toilet paper, which is so devalued that 1 litre of cooking oil costs INR 200! Gold or foreign currencies like the USD/Euro are hence so attractive in India.
    Just look at the gold chain snatchers in Mysore-they ride a bike and forcibly snatch gold chains from women who are walking in a crowded streets during day light.
    India,the third world, thieving dump. Only your Modi boasts and you believe him!
    Wait until this Highway becomes fully operational and watch how robberies and accidents become common occurrences.

  10. Kalabeda, Kolabeda, Luncha Beda, Mosa Beda! says:

    Hey@Sanjiv Dixit
    Your post and other idiots who have posted should realise that India is a bandit country, where the police and politicians in power are themselves corrupt to the core.
    The reason why these robbers are attracted to gold, is that your INR is a worthless toilet paper, which is so devalued that 1 litre of cooking oil costs INR 200! Gold or foreign currencies like the USD/Euro are hence so attractive in India.
    Just look at the gold chain snatchers in Mysore-they ride a bike and forcibly snatch gold chains from women who are walking in a crowded streets during day light.
    India,the third world, thieving dump. Only your Modi boasts and you believe him!
    Wait until this Highway becomes fully operational and watch how robberies and accidents become common occurrences.

  11. Prashanth says:

    We truckers are insisting on secured parking bay for every 50 kms on al national highway,state highway and toll roads. This kind of incidents are happening regularly on trucks on all roads

  12. Kumar says:

    Blame game ON from keyboard warriors BRAVO, just now realised how easy it is to post from the comfort of your home/office etc
    Also I bet none of this so called commenters have done any field work.

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