Bangalore city police on Tuesday arrested a 27 year old Ranganath, a resident from 24th Main, Agara, in Bangalore for scattering nails on purpose between Silk Board and Marathalli on the Outer Ring Road.
Ranganath, did this with an intention to puncture car tyres and would then offer them to fix it, for an expensive price.
Ranganath, a sugarcane juice seller by day and the puncture fixer by night was arrested after the police got suspicious during one of their patrols. The police first saw a young man pushing his motorcycle on the outer ring road. Looking close, they found that the person had a flat tyre.
An auto pulled up next to the biker and the driver, Ranganath offered to fix it. The police immediately got suspicious and called the inspector immediately. The Auto driver who had fixed the puncture by then had demanded INR 300 from the biker, which would usually cost not more than 50 bucks.
The police took custody of Ranganath and learnt that Ranganath saw tyre shops making good business so he started scattering nails and would go around in his rented auto fixing tyres for his victims. He had been practising the nail throwing act for almost a year now.
The police have booked Ranganath under the IPC section 418, for cheating with knowledge and section 420, which is cheating and dishonestly.