Mangaluru, May 9, 2015: A nine member gang belonging to the nomadic Budubudike tribe have been arrested by the Uppinangady Police on the charges of hatching plots to resort to dacoity, rubbery and such other criminal acts. All of them have been produced before the court which has remanded them to judicial custody. Police have seized two machetes, two iron rods, two cell phones, a cash of Rs 8,100 and a Maruti Omni from them.
The eight were trapped by the Uppinangady police near the bye pass road on NH 75 in the town where they had arrived along with lethal weapons. Sources have revealed that the gang had arrived in the town as per the instructions of Mahesh alias Maada of Angadihalli in Belur taluk of Hassan district who lives in Uppinangady area.
Apart from Mahesh, Krishnapur resident Devaraja, Ramesh of Alevoor, Venkatesh, Manikanta of Bengaluru, Nagaraj, Manjunatha of Suratkal, Prakash of Angadihalli and Kaverappa of Arasikere have been arrested.
Police said all the nine remain constantly in touch with each other and hatch plots to commit some crime.
It is learnt all of them were earlier arrested on charges of theft and dacoity in various police station limits of the district and were released on bail in the past.
Narsanna community : The Nomadic Budubudike tribals are known as the Narsanna community and are identified by the rattle drums they use while visiting houses and reading fortunes. But none of those arrested are into their hereditary profession but have made robbery as their full time business.
Many members of this tribal community can be seen in Seetangoli and Goovetthapaduka of Kasargod, Hagare in Belur taluk of Hassan, Krishnapura, Shiroor and other places.