Jangaon: The Kodakandla police have cracked the dacoity case which took place near Ramannagudem village in Kodakandla mandal in the district on January 15 by arresting a six-member gang of fake Naxalites. The police also recovered Rs 5,56,650 cash, three tapanchas (country made weapons), 10 live rounds and 11 cell phones from them.
It may be recalled that the bike-borne assailants waylaid Tallapally Karunkar, the owner of Tirumala Wines at Mondrai in Kodakandla, and three workers of the wines shop, near Ramannagudem and threatened them at gunpoint, later decamped with Rs 6.70 lakh from them.
Presenting the gang members before media in Warangal on Wednesday, Commissioner of Police (CP) V Ravinder said that the accused had been identified as Islavath Shankar of Cheruvumundu thanda of Kodakandla mandal, Naraboina Mallesh of Pittampally village of Chityala Mandal in Nalgonda district, Gangapuram Swamy alias Mallesh of Perepally village of Chityala mandal in Nalgonda distrct, Pittala Srinvias of Chennur village of Palakurthy mandal of Jangaon district, Cheeluri Paramsesh of Chennur village and Saripangi Viplav of NG Kothapally village of Shaligauram mandal of Nalgonda district.
“The main accused in the case Islavath Shankar along with another accused Gangarapu Swamy worked for the Janashakthi party in 2018. They hatched a plan to extort money in the name of Janashakthi Naxals. As a part of this, they had met others and decided to get the money,” the CP said and added that Pittala Srinivas, who had got skills in making the country made weapons through the ‘YouTube’, had made the weapons, while another accused Swamy provided them with four rounds of the 12 bore-gun.
“Though they attempted to rob the wine shop owner on December 31, they could not execute their plans as there was heavy movement of people,” the CP said and added that they again executed their plan on January 15. ”While Islavath Shankar, who kept the other members informed about the activities of the wine shop workers, the other five members waylaid and fired in the air before decamping with the cash,” Ravinder added. West Zone DCP Srinivas Reddy, Wardhannapet ACP Madhusudhan, Inspector Palakurthi Rames Naik and SI Kodakandla were present at the press meet.