All the spoils spilled out from 1 cell in jail


All the booty the Central Crime Branch (CCB) sleuths discovered in the Parappana Agrahara central prison raids five days ago, was found from one cell — that in which notorious rowdy Bombay Saleem is lodged. The sleuths had recovered mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drives, memory cards, chargers, knives, smoking pipes, marijuana and cash from the cell. Officials had prior information from a few businessmen in the city, who were victims of extortion calls from Bombay Saleem and during the raids, the team and the sniffer dogs headed straight to his cell to search.

The cops found knives made out from broken pieces of steel plates. The sniffer dogs also traced a packet of marijuana weighing 200 gm from the cell along with seven smoking pipes. The team also retrieved two mobile phones, four SIM cards, memory cards, pen-drives, card readers and chargers from Bombay Saleem’s cell.

CCB officials, who analysed the call details of the two phones, found that several calls had gone from those phones to people outside and Saleem was operating from inside the jail instructing his gang members who were outside to extort the businessmen and carry out other crimes.

There are more than 40 cases pending aga inst Saleem. He operated mostly in the Northeast pockets of the city and Doddaballapur

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committing extortions, robberies and housebreaks.

Since he had gone to Mumbai once and returned after learning the tricks of the trade among gangsters, he came down to Bengaluru and started his own gang.

In 2018, Saleem was arrested by the Indiranagar police in one of the cases, but he managed to get out on bail in a few months.

Later in 2020, he was arrested by the Devanahalli police and until no, was lodged as an undertrial at the Parappana Agrahara prison.

Using the knives he had made, he would make his associates remove the screws of the jammers and turn it outwards so that his barrack gets mobile network, CCB sources said. He is also said to have more than two wives. The gang members are said to have supported the women with the money they get from robbery and extortion on Saleem’s instructions.

Since the contraband and other gadgets were recovered from his cell, the jail authorities have filed one more case against him with the Parappana Agrahara police station for procuring and consuming drugs, and having weapons and other gadgets concealed in his cell.



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Sagar Biswas

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