Rowdy Korangu, aides shifted to Bellary jail

Rowdy Korangu, aides shifted to Bellary jail

Tension prevailed on the jail premises since Monday night, when Jail Superintendent Krishna Kumar went to the Korangu’s cell in a ‘drunken’ state. A verbal duel ensued between the officer and the gang, leading to exchange of blows. A few prison inmates intervened and took Korangu away.

On Tuesday, there were incidents of stone pelting in the jail. An officer in charge was also beaten up. Platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police brought the situation under control. Korangu told Deccan Herald: “Krishna Kumar demanded a hafta of Rs 50,000 from me.”
He quoted Kumar as saying: “I paid lakhs to get transferred from Gulbarga to Bangalore Central Jail. Pay up or face the consequences.”

The rowdy said: “We know how things are smuggled into the jail premises. He started blackmailing us and we decided to teach him a lesson.”

During the rounds on Monday night, Krishna Kumar ordered his subordinates to search Korangu’s cell. The rowdy and his aides prevented them. When the incident was brought to the notice of Chief Superintendent Laxmi Narayan, he rushed to the spot.

He ordered Krishna Kumar to come out of the cell. Korangu and his men cornered Krishna Kumar, as the jail inmates watched.

The jail staff were upset with the top official’s stand and boycotted work on Tuesday. It is learnt that Korangu and his 90 men were housed in a single barrack.

The staff reported for duty only after DIG (Prisons) Raja promised action. He ordered shifting of Korangu and his men - Gunda, George, Girish, Ashok, Santosh, Pavan, Manja, Charan and Alexander - to Bellary jail. The escort vehicle which arrived to take them was attacked by the inmates. They smashed the windshield and damaged the vehicle.

The jail authorities had not filed any complaint till late on Tuesday.

Two held for rape

Police have arrested two youths on the charge of raping a 15-year-old deaf and dumb school girl in Hoskote in Bangalore Rural district. Sharan and Shoukat, both 22, who worked in petrol bunk on Nandagudi Road near Sulibele in Hoskote are the arrested. They allegedly enticed the girl and took her to the room attached to the bunk and raped her on Sunday, police said.

When the girl’s parents came to know about the incident, they lodged a complaint on Monday. The arrested have been remanded in judicial
custody.

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