Police arrest 14 people for lynching Rajasthan man

Police arrest 14 people for lynching Rajasthan man

The city police have arrested 14 people, including four women and two juveniles, for lynching Kalu Ram Bachanram (26) from Rajasthan, in Chamarajpet on Wednesday suspecting that he was a child kidnapper.

The arrested are Gopi (18), Anbu (26), Vasanth Kumar (32), Balan (30), Nanda (20), Thirumalaiah (28), Rajesh (18), Anusha (30), Sushila (37), Indira (37), Vani (41) and two minors. All are residents of Anandapura, Giripura and Anjanappa Garden in Bengaluru. They have been remanded in judicial custody. The two minors were sent to a state-run remand home. The police are still searching the others accused.

Not satisfied with only lynching Kalu, the accused had also shared the video on their Facebook pages. It was this video that spelled their doom. The Chamarajpet police, who were collecting CCTV footages from traffic signals and private shops, identified the culprits from the video. ASI Gopal and his team arrested 14 of accused.

Family members of the accused staged a protest in front of police station on Thursday morning claiming that all the accused are innocent and they just assaulted Kalu believing a false message circulated to them.

DCP (West) Ravi D Channannavar said, “The Chamrajpet police have registered a suo motu complaint. Based on the video footage 14 accused have been arrested and some are yet to be arrested. And action will be initiated against people who are circulating false news in the social media.”

Kalu Ram, who was roaming around Pension Mohalla near Cottonpet, was caught by a group of youths around 12.15 pm on Wednesday. They tied him up, beat him with rods and cricket bat, and dragged him for nearly a kilometre till the Sirsi Flyover, until a passer-by called the police around 1.40 pm. 

By the time the Hoysala vehicle reached the spot, he was unconscious. The mob fled the spot as soon as they saw the police. Kalu was taken to Victoria Hospital but was declared brought dead.

The police said that Kalu Ram was from Nimaj town in Pali district of Rajasthan. He was working in Pune and had come to Bengaluru in search of a job. He had been staying in his friend’s house in Chamarajpet for the last two months.

The doctors at Victoria hospital said that they were not able to conduct the autopsy of the body yet.

The police, on the other hand, said that his family is expected to arrive on Friday.