Residents of a gated high-rise community in J P Nagar say they have been facing continuous threats from the past few days by a group of people who, they claimed, not only managed to barge into the apartment complex and demolish a compound wall, but also gheraoed residents within the JP Nagar police station premises on Friday and threatened them.
On Tuesday, residents of Elita Promenade in J P Nagar were allegedly locked in the complex by around 70 people who had blocked the entrance for around three hours from 9:30 am. Alleging that the garbage collected inside the complex was creating a stench for people in the area, the protesters even got a earthmover into the compound and demolished a wall separating the blocks from the place where garbage was stored for pickup, the residents charged.
The nightmare did not end there. When the residents went to the police station to lodge a complaint on Friday, a group of 20-30 people, allegedly led by a local Congress worker, surrounded the police station and threatened the residents with dire consequences if they did not withdraw their complaint.
“Around seven of us went to the police station to add to a complaint that we had lodged on Tuesday. At that time, the groups of people started screaming at us and our lawyers. We were asked to take back the complaint and apologise to the Congress leader H C Krishnappa”, said a resident who did not want to be named.
Police confirmed that Krishnappa had been named in the FIR and said that the case would be investigated thoroughly. “We have registered a case for rash behaviour based on statements of the residents. It is confirmed that Krishnappa and his men broke the wall on Tuesday,” said Inspector Uma Mahesh of JP Nagar Police Station.
A 28-year-old woman police constable, attached to Basaveshwaranagar police station, was electrocuted at her home in Kamakshipalya on Friday evening.
The deceased Chandrakala, a native of Mulbagal in Kolar, had joined service in 2008. She was a resident of Sharadha Colony and was married to one Dinesh. The couple had two daughters, Pallavi and Tanuja.
Police said she was at the station and left for home around 7pm. The incident occurred around 8 pm when she was fetching water from the sump when the pump was on.
2 Commit Suicide
Two women committed suicide in separate incidents on Thursday night. Manjula (28) committed suicide by consuming pesticide at her house in Nandini Layout late on Thursday night after she returned home from her brother’s house. Her husband Ramachandra took her to a private hospital, where she succumbed early on Friday. In another incident, Chaya (22), a newly-married woman, committed suicide after hanging herself at her house in Bannerghatta. The deceased was a native of Hassan and was working as a stenographer at a private company.