Dissatisfaction over the Central government’s policy towards Pakistan has been a common phenomenon among many sections of society. But on Thursday, it apparently pushed a 32-year-old salesman to commit suicide by hanging at his house at Dasarahalli in Peenya.
Santosh, a native of Sakleshpur in Hassan, left behind a detailed suicide note, which was three-pages long. It stated that he was upset with the ‘soft’ nature of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government’s performance as many soldiers were dying on the border with Pakistan.
Santosh, who lived in a house at Nelamaheshwari Temple Street, worked as a salesman with a leading footwear showroom.
Police said Santosh’s body was found by a friend who went to meet him on Thursday night. Police suspect that he hanged himself after returning from work earlier that evening.
In his suicide note, Santosh blamed the PM for going soft on Pakistan. Due to his ‘soft’ nature, Santosh alleged, many soldiers had lost their lives on the border. He claimed that there was an increase in infiltration by terrorists and added that he wished to be reborn as a soldier to serve the country. Moreover, the note said, “Bangalore is not a good place to live in as the people are bad. I have been living here for more than 10 years and was not able to buy property.”
Peenya police are investigating the incident.
Locals foil baby’s kidnap, thrash duo
Local residents caught two men who had allegedly tried to kidnap a 9-month-old baby at Bettadasanapura in Electronics City on Friday. They handed the duo over to police after tying them to an electricity pole and assaulting them.
The accused—Raja (25) and Salman alias Salma (29)—, were natives of Bangladesh who had been staying in the city for the past two-and-half years. Police said that they had been involved in previous incidents of kidnapping children in order to snatch gold ornaments from their ears. They would then abandon the children in isolated places.
Around 11.30 am on Friday, the duo arrived in Bettadasanapura in the guise of rag-pickers. According to police, they noticed 9-month-old Krish alone outside his house and hid him inside a gunny bag. However, a passerby noticed this and rushed to the spot, while alerting other local residents. The residents caught hold of Raja and Salman and assaulted them after tying them to an electric pole.
A senior police officer said that during interrogation, Raja and Salman confessed that they had planned to sell the child to a buyer.
The Electronics City Police, which registered a case over the incident, said the duo may be connected to a gang operating in the city.
Two die in accidents
A 35-year-old lorry driver, who was returning home on his bicycle after work, was killed after a truck rammed into his bicycle at Haralur Main Road near Madiwala on Thursday night.
Lakshmidhar Siyal alias Babu, a native of Odisha, was a resident of Somasundarapalya.
Police said the accident occurred when Babu was returning home after parking the lorry at the owner’s house. A speeding lorry that was headed towards Hosur Road, rammed into his bicycle from behind and ran over Siyal, killing him on the spot.
Madiwala Traffic police arrested the lorry driver and are investigating.
In another incident on Friday morning, a 63-year-old retired officer of the Income Tax Department was killed after being hit by a car on Bangalore International Airport Road as he was leaving Baptist Hospital. Prabhakaran, a native of Kerala, lived with his family in RT Nagar.
According to police, he was leaving the hospital after a regular checkup when the accident occurred. Prabhakaran died on the spot.
The R T Nagar Traffic police arrested the car driver.