Nine arrested in Kodagu for trying to sell liquid metal Mercury

Nine arrested in Kodagu for trying to sell liquid metal Mercury

September 7, 2020

8 kg Mercury, swords, daggers, knife, iron rods, chilli powder, seized

Virajpet (Kodagu): Virajpet Town Police have arrested nine persons who were trying to sell liquid metal Mercury and have seized 8kg Mercury, chilli powder, swords, daggers, knives and iron roads  from them.

The arrested are 35-year-old D.H. Vadiraj of Brindavan Layout in Mysuru, 34-year-old V. Narayana Swamy and 33-year-old K.V. Suresh of Kanakapura in Ramanagar district, 28-year-old John Paul of Kothanur in Bengaluru, 28-year-old Gnanendra Prasad of Vidyaranyapura in Bengaluru, 20-year-old K.V. Abhinav, an Engineering student at a college in Kannur in Kerala, 32-year-old C. Suresh of Hosur in Tamil Nadu, 22-year-old J. Vaishnav of Calicut in Kerala and cable operator 45-year-old K. Purushotham.

Cases have been registered against them under IPC Section 399 and 402. 

They were produced before a Magistrate yesterday, who remanded them to judicial custody.

Details: Following a tip off about the presence of unidentified persons in two cars near Lakshmi Hotel on Virajpet-Kerala Road at about 5 am yesterday, Virajpet Town Inspector Bojappa and staff rushed  to the spot.

On seeing the Police vehicle, the unidentified persons hurriedly sat in the cars and left the place. Sensing something fishy, the Police chased the two cars and were successful in  stopping them. 

The Police, who inspected the cars, found nine persons travelling in the two cars and on further inspecting the cars, the Police found 8 kg Mercury, three iron rods, chilli powder packets, one knife, one machete and two swords, which they seized from them.

Inspector Bojappa has suspected that there may be a huge racket in which the gang members were involved and arrested them besides producing them before a Magistrate who remanded them to 15 days judicial custody.

READ ALSO  Forest Department’s sharp-shooter officer

All the nine accused were subjected to medical tests out of which one of them has tested positive for COVID-19. 

He has been admitted to the COVID Hospital in Madikeri while the remaining eight accused have been shifted to the Central Prisons at Madikeri.

Virajpet Dy.SP Jayakumar supervised Inspector Bojappa and staff N.C. Lokesh, Musthafa, Santosh, Girish, Madhu, Muneer, Rajan, Lohit, Mallikarjuna and Yogesh in the nabbing and seizing operation.


Mysuru’s favorite and largest circulated English evening daily has kept the citizens of Mysuru informed and entertained since 1978. Over the past 41 years, Star of Mysore has been the newspaper that Mysureans reach for every evening to know about the happenings in Mysuru city. The newspaper has feature rich articles and dedicated pages targeted at readers across the demographic spectrum of Mysuru city. With a readership of over 2,50,000 Star of Mysore has been the best connection between it’s readers and their leaders; between advertisers and customers; between Mysuru and Mysureans.


Academy News Papers Private Limited, Publishers, Star of Mysore & Mysuru Mithra, 15-C, Industrial ‘A’ Layout, Bannimantap, Mysuru-570015. Phone no. – 0821 249 6520

To advertise on Star of Mysore, email us at

Online Edition: [email protected]
Print Editon: [email protected]
For News/Press Release: [email protected]