A man created high drama by threatening to jump from the terrace of a municipal councillor’s house in J P Nagar on Saturday.
After about three hours, he did plunge down, but rescue teams had spread out a net by then, and he survived with minor injuries. Police, who suspect he is mentally unsound, took him to Nimhans for treatment. They still don’t know his identity, who they say “blabbers a lot”.
Residents of 18th Cross, II Stage, J P Nagar spotted a man brandishing a knife on the terrace of the house of B Somashekar, Shakambarinagar ward councillor.
Thinking it was a political gimmick, hundreds of people gathered within minutes. Soon, fire and emergency services personnel and the police also rushed to the spot.
The man swung and swayed, giving the impression that he would jump if anyone approached him. He did not heed Somashekar’s pleas, or the police announcements, to come down.
Emergency personnel then spread out a huge net to catch him in case he jumped. After three hours, a member of the fire and emergency services approached him from the back and tried to hold him from the back. Noticing this, he jumped and landed in the net.
Some residents told the police he was a thief who had been moving about suspiciously in the neighbourhood. When they questioned him, they said, he climbed the tree and managed to reach the terrace. They have not lodged any complaint with the police.
Software Piracy Arrests
Central Crime Branch sleuths on Friday arrested Nirmalkumar Mishra (23) and Mohit Jain (20) on charges of selling pirated software. Police conducted raids on shops on OTC Road and S P Road and recovered CDs with pirated versions of Windows 7, 8 and Office. Nirmal hails from Ajmer in Rajasthan and Jain from Magadi Road. S J Park police are investigating.