The terror spread by the notorious Dandupalya gang has returned to haunt the Basavanagudi police, 10 years after the criminals had murdered an elderly woman.
The police took four members, including two women, of the gang into their custody in connection with the 2000 murder of the elderly woman Manjula. The accused were lodged in separate cells in the Basavanagudi police station, with as many as 20 police personnel standing guard, after two of them tried to hurt themselves by banging their heads against the iron bars of the cell. They were picked up from the central prison in Parappana Agrahara, where the gang has been incarcerated.
A city court has remanded the accused, Krishnudu alias Krishna, Venkatesh alias Chandra, Padma and Savithri, to police remand for four days from Monday last. Manjula, then aged 65, wife of retired HAL employee Keshava Rao Jamakhandi was found lying unconscious with a slit throat in her residence on DVG Road around 8.15 am on October 22, 2000. She died the same day in a city hospital. The ornaments, which she had been wearing, were taken away by the culprits.
The police solved the case three months later with the arrest of five gangsters. They reportedly told the police about the involvement of others in the murder.
Jamakhandi recently met the city police commissioner, Shankar M Bidari, with a petition saying the police chargesheeted only six of the 10 accused Dandupalya members, despite the four remaining gangsters had also confessing to the crime.
The commissioner forwarded the petition to the Basavanagudi police for further action. The police moved the court, which remanded the four accused to police custody.
Police sources in Basavanagudi said the accused maintained a stoic silence during interrogation, making the probe difficult. The investigators’ plan to visit Davangere on Tuesday for recovering some of the stolen properties had to be shelved, as the accused remained non-cooperative.
Krishnudu and Venkatesh on Tuesday tried to hurt themselves, forcing the police to step up vigil. The accused, sources said, banged their heads against the iron rods on the cell’s gate, protesting against the re-investigation into the Manjula murder case.