Police fail to arrest Ravi Belagere

Police fail to arrest Ravi Belagere

Police fail to arrest Ravi Belagere
Bengaluru police who had come to SDM Hospital at Sattur here on Monday to arrest journalist Ravi Belagere, who has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Legislative Assembly, could not arrest him. But, they followed the car in which he was travelling.

The Kumaraswamy Layout police asked Belagere to come with them after his discharge from the hospital. But he refused. The police brought him to the ground floor of the hospital, but he refused to board the police vehicle. Inspector Vajramuni asked him to come in the police vehicle or travel in his own car accompanied by a policeman. At this juncture, an angry Belagare said, “Who are you? I will file an FIR against you”.

When he started walking barefooted, the police tried to convince him to board their car. Belagere got into his car. When the car in which Belagere was sitting moved, ignoring the police who tried to stop the car, the police followed his car.

Hubballi-Dharwad Police Commissioner Pandurang Rane stated that the Bengaluru police had not taken Belagere along with them, and he lacked information as the local police were on bundobust duty for Eid-ul-Fitr.

Another journalist, Anil Raj, editor of Yelahanka Voice, who too has been senetenced by the Assembly, is still at large, the police said in Bengaluru.

On Sunday, a team of police from Bengaluru which had camped at the SDM Hospital returned empty handed as Belagere was not discharged.

As many as eight police officials had come to Dharwad on learning that Belagere was admitted at the hospital after he complained of chest pain and high blood pressure. The doctors had told the police that Belagere was stable but several tests had been conducted, including those to check brain and heart health, and these reports were awaited.

On getting this information, the Bengaluru police, as per instructions from the Home department, returned to Bengaluru.