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Old 20th September 2007, 14:16   #1
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Smile They gave him helmet soon after arrest !

Cops give helmet to head banging thief

20 Sep 2007, 0154 hrs IST,TNN
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Bangalore:
On Wednesday, the police arrested him and immediately clapped a helmet on his head. It’s not that wearing helmet is mandatory for criminals in Karnataka. It’s just that notorious thief Manjunath alias pigeon Manju has this strange habit of banging his head against the wall every time he is arrested.
His reasoning is that when he so sustains injuries, it will force the police to produce him before a magistrate without any delay. This way he can escape being incarcerated in a lock-up and not face the wrath of the police.

But on Wednesday, Manju had no such luck. The police being wise to his ways by now, helmeted him, assigned two constables to escort him and promptly produced him in the police commissioner’s office.

Manju also had other tricks up his sleeve! “On several occasions, he had slashed his wrists using any sharp object and forcing the police to produce him before a magistrate before doing proper interrogation,’’ a police officer said.

Manju’s crime graph shows the way he got bail in as many as 30 cases. Yet again, lack of co-ordination between the police and the prosecutor helped Manju (25) go scot-free. Police commissioner N Achuta Rao said his officers would see that Manju won’t fly off like his pigeon.

Manjunath used his pigeon as a partner in his profession. To identify the potential victims, he used to clip the wings of the pigeon and leave it on the terrace of a house. After seeking the permission of the house owner, he used to go to the terrace to take his pigeon. He used to study the entry and exit points of the house. Later, at an appropriate time, he would strike at the house and loot. Now, even Manju’s wings are clipped. The Ulsoorgate police, who nabbed Manju and his accomplices, recovered gold jewellery weighing 1 kg, silver articles weighing 8 kg, worth Rs 4.15 lakh, and two vehicles, all worth Rs 17 lakh.

One of his accomplices, Narayanaswamy (55), is a native of Tiruvannamalai and helped him pledge stolen valuables at pawn brokers there. The other accused Suresh alias Appu (25) is a resident of Vinayakanagar.


PROTECTION FROM SELF: Manju (in helmet) being escorted to the police commissioner’s office along with his accomplices

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Source: Cops give helmet to head banging thief -Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India

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Read it in the paper today, really funny !!
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This guys gives a whole new meaning to the word 'head banging' .. lol
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