By : Pramesh S Jain
Former Don Muthappa Rai in Dock! might be arrested by CCB police on Monday after taking permission from the court
Offering ‘Ayudha Puja’ to guns and other lethal weapons seem to have put Jaya Karnataka chief Muthappa Rai in trouble as the Central Crime Branch (CCB) has issued a summons to Rai demanding an explanation over a video in which he is seen offering puja to weapons.
Soon after the video went viral on social media platforms,the CCB took note of it and slapped a notice on him.The viral video,believed to be shot on Thursday, shows Rai and his family offering puja to guns and other lethal weapons,like guns,dragger and machetes.The footage was shared on Facebook and Whatsapp.
Former Don N.Muthappa.Rai Gangster-turned-activist was summoned by the Central Crime Branch officials to explain the possession of weapons on Saturday.Officials from Organised Crime Wing issued a notice to the former don on Friday after a video showing his family worshipping a cache of weapons during Ayudha Pooja went viral.
Muthappa Rai appeared before DCP Crime-2,Girish S and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Organised Crime Wing) V Mariyappa at CCB office in Chamarajpet and submitted the documents of the weapons in question.
Responding to notice Muthappa Rai,appeared to CCB office at around 3:55pm on Saturday and was questioned for about 7 hours by the officers of organised crime wing.
Defending himself Rai told media persons,i have explained to investigating officers that the weapons belonged to his security personnel whom he had hired for his personal protection he added.
A senior police official told media persons that Muthappa Rai and his gunman in a statement to the department said they don’t own weapons and had leased them from a company.They’re yet to furnish documents for the arrangement and requested for some to do so.Following the revelation police are now examining the gun license rules as his security personnel were issued gun license for self defence purpose and not for Rai’s protection and after taking legal opinion from the legal experts and after verifying the licence documents a revocation of the gun license would be taken in the event that a violation of the gun license rules was found they also added while Rai had an explanation for the guns but he could not provide an adequate explanation for the weapons that were on display on the viral video concern that such a display would induce fear among people and we have let him by issuing notice to appear before us on Monday for further clarification with the documents he added.
As the CCB cops drilled Jaya Karnataka Chief and President Muthappa Rai for about more than 7 hours his followers and associates started creating tense situation by calling other members of the organisation from other neighbouring areas to gather near CCB office as soon as the information was passed by CCB cops who were placed outside for the security they informed their senior officers they immediately swung and alerted the local police station Cottonpet inspector Kumaraswamy and his staff took all precautionary and adequate measure for no untoward incident to take place,ACP Mahanth Reddy was to rushed to spot and based on instructions by senior officer neighbouring police Station inspectors as Chamarajpet inspector Tanveer and his staff were deployed with Kalasipalya Police inspector Shivakumar and his staff were deployed near CCB office to maintain the crowd as many as around 150 members of Jaya Karnataka pro Kannada organisation including women were seen so to maintain law and order cops have taken all the measures for no untoward incident take place. Extra force as 1 KSRP platoon too was deployed.As their members gathered on the road when the Jaya Karnataka chief president Muthappa Rai came out finishing investigation his fans and supporters gathered in huge numbers near Chamarajpet CCB office they raised slogans and in which two ambulance were struck in traffic jam the cops had very tough time to make way for ambulances with the help of traffic cops and other citizens the cops made way for ambulance as two ambulances were struck for about 10 minutes as Muthappa Rai came out and his followers and members gathered and blocked the road.
Muthappa Rai’s gunman with Black Cats Security Agency owner,Vasanth Kumar including administrative officer was taken to cottonpet police station subject to verifying their security agencies license and to collect more information and the Cottonpet police has found some violations on preliminary investigation they have filed a case under NCR against 7 persons which includes security agency owner,administration and 5 gunmens hired by Muthappa Rai and were left in the mid night around 1:30am after issuing them notice to appear before them on Sunday afternoon with all documents for further clarification and after taking legal opinion we will take further course of action officer said.
Muthappa,Rai the founder of pro-Kannada social welfare organisation Jaya Karnataka, was seen worshipping a choice of weapons ranging from pistols, shotguns dragger,machetes.
The former gangster recently became the president of Karnataka Athletics Association and is one of the leading horse owners at Bangalore Turf Club.
As the cops who are Invesitigating the case has intensified their probe and are gathering all the information about the Muthappa Rai and his associates activities and it is alleged that many properties are in the name of his close aide,K.G.Raju and CCB sources said they will approach to court and seek permission to prosecute Muthappa Rai and his 42 associates as we are keeping a vigil watch on their activities.As a local channel started telecasting a programme on former Don that the CCB sleuths can arrest him on charges of Arms Act in many parts of city and rural areas cable connection was disconnected as it is alleged that his associates has threatened the cable operators to stop telecasting the news in the name of Muthappa Rai and in many places like Banashankari,Jayanagar,Rajajinagar,Jalahalli Cross,peenya,kolar,Koppal,and other surrounding areas cable connection as local TV News channel Connection were disconnected.