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Police rescue van driver from being buried, nab five people

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Bengaluru: The Kumaraswamy Layout police have rescued a 24-year-old school van driver who was abducted by a gang of five persons. The gang wanted to bury him alive in a graveyard at Muniswamappa Palya.

The police have identified the accused as Murali, Jeeva, Muthu, and Arjun. The police said the accused were ridinng two scooters on ISRO Layout Main Road when one of the two-wheelers collided with a school van that Praveen was driving.

As the men began arguing, Praveen abused them, asked them to follow traffic rules, and immediately alerted the van owner about the accident.

Enraged, two men climbed into the van, overpowered the driver and drove off to Muniswamappapalya graveyard in Kumaraswamy Layout. The two other accomplices followed the van. “One of their friends who not with them — a minor boy — had relatives who worked in the graveyard as caretakers,” said the police. Once they reached the graveyard, they assaulted Praveen and started digging a grave as they had planned to bury him alive.

“The van owner who had overheard the conversation during the fight, realised that the men were planning to abduct Praveen, and alerted the police,” said a police officer.

The police rushed to the spot, and started searching for the gang. Police inspector V.M. Guruprasad instructed his men to search the graveyard.

Four, including the minor boy, were rounded up by the police, while a fifth associate was later picked up by their Thalaghattapura counterparts in a robbery case.

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