Fire dept mechanic kills self

A mechanic-cum-driver working with the Fire Department
allegedly hanged himself to death on Monday evening at his official quarters near Dairy Circle Monday evening.

Kishore Kumar, 29, a native of Moodbidri in Mangalore, was married to Bhavya and had a two-year-old daughter Richa.

On Monday, Kumar had taken leave, while his wife and daughter had left for a relative’s house. When Bhavya tried calling him later, Kumar did not answer her calls.
She returned home in the evening and knocked on the door, but there was no response.

Suspecting something amiss, she called the neighbours, who broke open the door and found Kumar hanging from the ceiling fan in his room.

Kiran Kumar, the victim’s younger brother, told Deccan Herald that Kishore Kumar was allegedly harassed by his seniors in the department and that he had left behind a death note stating that he was ending his life unable to bear the harassment at his workplace.

Police, however, denied having found any death note.
Wilson Garden police inspector said the investigating officers found only a diary purportedly belonging to Kumar. “Its contents are yet to be verified,” he said.
Sources in the Fire Department said Kumar had joined the service in 2008 and was posted at Karkala in Mangalore before being transferred to the Fire Services Workshop near the Dairy Circle six months ago.

A senior official said Kumar was addicted to alcohol and was not regular to work. In the last six months alone, he was absent for at least two months and had reported for duty only on February 6, he said.

B G Changappa, director, Fire and Emergency Services, said Kumar’s allegations of harassment by seniors were not true.

He said the department would fully co-operate with the investigations.
Wilson Garden police have registered a case.

Motorcyclist killed

A 38-year-old man was killed after he crashed his bike into a parked lorry from behind near Begur Road flyover on Monday night.

According to police, C H Shivakumar, a native of Kanakapura and a resident of Parappana Agrahara, was returning home when the accident occurred. Shivakumar was killed on the spot. 

The personnel in the Nice Road highway patrol vehicle noticed the accident and alerted the police.

The driver of the lorry abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot. Electronics City police have registered a case. Sources in the Police Department said the particular stretch of the road had a steep blind to the left without sufficient streetlights and this led to the accident.

Held for piracy

The CCB police raided the premises of Ganesh Pavan Binders in Manjunathnagar and Sri Venkateshwara Printers in Shivanagar on Monday evening and arrested three persons for printing pirated copies of a textbook.

The arrested are Mallikarjun, 33, Srinivas, 48 and Ramachandra, 27. The police have also seized 1,100 pirated copies of the book, two printing machines, a sports utility vehicle all together valued at Rs 28 lakh.

A case has been registered at the Basaveshwaranagar police station.

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