Bengaluru: African national arrested for robbing former MLA
The Bengaluru city police on Wednesday announced they have arrested an African national for carrying out a robbery at the house of a former MLA. The African is also believed to be part of a fake credit/debit card ring,
Police said they have arrested Paul Saeki (31), a Tanzanian national and recovered 680 grams of gold jewellery worth ₹20.40 lakh. The police also have recovered ₹ 3.75 lakh in cash from him. The police also said that the accused is also wanted in several counterfeit debit-credit cards cases.
A manhunt has also been launched for tracking Pransile Ivenes from Brazil, and Mexico-based Tabol Subrino and Pedro, who were also part of the robbery.
The main accused Saeki, along with his associates, barged into a posh house in Sadashivnagar a few days ago and looted gold jewels worth ₹50 lakh. The police were able to zero-in on Saeki based on the evidence shared by the complainant Venkatashiva Reddy, a former MLA.
It is said, Saeki was a student in St Hopkins College at Bannerghatta Road where he was pursuing his BCA, before dropping out due to irregular attendance.
The Foreigner Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Bengaluru has been appraised about his arrest. During interrogation, he told the police that he had come to Pune in 2012 and later moved to Bengaluru.
"The accused use to take vehicles with fake number plates and using cloned debit/credit cards used to buy jewels,” Prabhakar Barki, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Seshadripuram sub-division, told Asianet Newsable.