BE student 'forced to indulge in terror acts,' attempts suicide

Bagalkot, Mysuru cops swing into action after Sharnappa's claims

BE student 'forced to indulge in terror acts,' attempts suicide

An engineering student, who tried to commit suicide claiming that some people are forcing him to indulge in terrorist activities, is recuperating at Kumareshwar Hospital in Bagalkot.

Sharanappa Nagaral, who hails from Kanasavi in Lingsugur taluk of Raichur district, is a final year BE (Electrical) student at Vidya Vikas Engineering College in Mysuru.

It is said that he tried to end his life by consuming poison at the bus stand in Gajendragad in Gadag district on Friday evening. The bus depot personnel admitted him to the government hospital and later he was shifted to Kumareshwar Hospital in Bagalkot.  

In a letter written by Sharanappa, which the police recovered during the spot inspection, he has claimed that Ahmed Rafeeq and Ismail of Mysuru have been forcing and harassing him to indulge in terrorist activities from the last one-and-a-half years. "They were giving me an injection and explaining me how to fix a bomb in the college. I don't want to kill others," he is learnt to have said in the letter.

Bagalkot SP C B Rishyanth visited the hospital and interrogated Sharanappa and his family members. "Sharanappa is just telling that some people were threatening him to indulge in terrorist activities. Prima facie, his statement seems to be false. But his brother Hanumanth Nagaral has said that his mental health is not good," he added.

Cops visit college

Meanwhile, the police visited Vidya Vikas Engineering College in Mysuru on Saturday collected information about Sharanappa on Saturday.

According to the college authorities, Sharanappa joined the course in 2015. He had failed in two subjects. According to a source, he did not attend the examination on December 11.

Mysuru police commissioner Dr A Subramanyeshwar Rao said: "There are no terrorist activities or threats from anti-social elements in Mysuru."

 

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