Gang of history-sheeters assaults lorry driver in Puttur

 A gang of history-sheeters assaulted a tipper lorry driver, in an act of vengeance, for filing a complaint against them on illegal mining.
The victim has been identified as Kallantadka resident Khader (33) and has been admitted to a private hospital in Puttur.

The incident took place near Kabaka junction in the outskirts of Puttur. History-sheeter Sadik of Vitlamudnur village in Bantwal and five others are the accused.

Khader said he received a threat call from an unknown number a month back. When he got a call again on Wednesday, he decided to file a complaint with the police. When Khader had just left his shop, the group of six people led by Sadik attacked him with wooden logs and chairs. Local people caught hold of Sadik and handed him to the police while the rest of the gang escaped in a car. Khader suffered injuries on hands and head.

He said he had filed a complaint to the department regarding an illegal quarry in 2013. Accordingly, the department had imposed a fine on the wrong-doers and later, a case was also registered for failing to pay the fine.

“Out of revenge, Umar had filed a complaint against Khader and the hearing of the case is on. Umar had hired some goons to assault me,” the injured Khader said.

Sadik, who had also suffered injuries on his hand and face when the public thrashed him, was given the first aid at the government hospital in Puttur, before the police took him to custody.

Constable gets 2-yr RI

Lokayukta special court judge Muralidhar Pai on Tuesday sentenced a police constable Mahesh to two years of rigorous imprisonment after finding him guilty of accepting bribe for dropping a case. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on Mahesh.

It is said that a case was registered against Ummar Farooq in Bantwal police station in 2009. Mahesh had placed a demand for a bribe of Rs 3,000 by sub-inspector Rame Gowda, for helping in the case. The Lokayukta police had arrested Mahesh while accepting bribe of Rs 2,000. Later, Rame Gowda was also arrested. After investigation, the Lokayukta police had submitted a charge sheet. As there was no evidence against Rame Gowda, the court acquitted him.

While acquitting Rame Gowda, the judge convicted Mahesh of the crime. Special public prosecutor K S N Rajesh represented the case for the prosecution.

Man gets life imprisonment

A man who had murdered his grandfather on December 21, 2013 was sentenced to life imprisonment by District and Sessions Court, Udupi, on Wednesday.

The convict Ravi alias Ravivarma Jain came to his grandfather’s house at Renjala in Dasabettu village on the ill-fated day and demanded money from him. The victim Nemiraja Poovani advised his grandson to work and earn money.

The convict, who was angered by the grandfather’s advice, took a wooden log and hit on the victim’s head. When the victim collapsed, he used another rod to assault him repeatedly. He also injured another woman who came to rescue the old man. The victim breathed his last in hospital.

The police arrested the accused and charged him under IPC Sections 302 and 324.
The case was argued by the public prosecutor Shanthibai on the occasion.

Case for harassing girl

The women police station in Mangaluru has registered a suo motu case against a youth who is said to have harassed Rashmi Shetty of Mangaluru in broad daylight.

Shetty had mentioned the incident in a Facebook post on June 25. The post of the woman had gone viral in social media.

She had posted in Facebook: “KA 19 EU 0932, You thought I’d be scared, didn’t you? You thought I’d be ashamed, didn’t you? I was followed by the guy who this scooter belongs to today in broad daylight. In a busy street in Mangalore. 3pm in the noon in the center of the city, from Aloysius degree college to Balmatta, to a guy dares to follow a woman who’s walking while there is a swarm of cops thirty steps behind...”

The police have registered a complaint under IPC Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman).

Gold worth Rs 4 lakh stolen

Unidentified miscreants robbed gold ornaments worth Rs four lakh here at Hudco Colony in Ananthnagar in Manipal.

According to the police, the theft has taken place in the absence of the owner from 6 pm on June 26 to 11.30 am on June 27. The complainant Govardhan Prabhu, in his complaint, said that thieves gained entry into the house by breaking open the front door using a sharp weapon.

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