He’s married thrice and was convicted 209 times. He has against him 19 non-bailable warrants. His name is Manthri Shankar; the ‘Manthri’ part in his name has come from his family. But he is proud of the appendage to his name. Stealing and cheating are the only vocation he could master, pleads Manthri Shankar whose record of crimes is as yet unbroken in Hyderabad.
“I was driving an autorikshaw. It was miserable. Not enough to feed my family. “I have no educational qualification and I don’t have any technical knowledge what else should I have done if not burglary and thefts?” Shankar quizzes detective SI of Karkhana police station, G Santosh Kumar.
Manthri Shankar alias Shivanna does not remember how many cases of thefts and burglary have been recorded against him in various police stations in the City.
He knows there are 19 non-bailable warrants pending against him in Karkhana, Trimulgherry, Marredpally, Osmania University, SR Nagar and Malakpet police stations.
But the police have exact records of Manthri’s doings. He is involved in 228 property offences. He was remanded 22 times from various police stations and convicted in209 cases so far.
He was released from jail in December 2011 and has since resumed his activity. In all, 19 warrants are pending against him.
ACP Vasu Sena said Manthri is now staying in Latur of Maharashtra with his third wife by name Shailini. After the death of his first wife Madhavi he married Godaveri and a few years ago he got separated from her and married Shalini.
On credible information, Karkhana Police apprehended the offender Manthri Shankar while he was going in a stolen Alto Car to pledge the stolen gold ornaments.
On interrogation he confessed to have committed four property offences under the limits of Police Stations Gandhi Nagar, Bowenpally, Osmania University and Karkhana after being released on bail in December 2011, DSI G Santosh kumar said.
Police team of Karkhana recovered an Alto car, one Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle and gold ornaments weighing about 17 tolas from him and the total worth of stolen property is nearly Rs.6,75,000.
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