BENGALURU: Almost 10 months after the initial complaint was filed, two building contractors have been arrested for falsely filing a road accident case to suppress the true reason behind the death of a labourer.
The accused have been identified as Mohammed Habib and Kondareddy.
The incident occurred on August 22, 2016. That day, a road accident case was reported in the Electronic City limits. According to the complainant, Bishwajit Das (34), a construction worker, one of his colleagues, Milton Halder (18), met with an accident while crossing the road near A K Colony, where construction was taking place. The construction was for an apartment building named Honey Dew, where Milton was employed as a cook for other labourers, the complaint said.
Milton was shifted to the Nano Hospital, but died at 7.30 pm the same day. Electronic City traffic police took over the investigation, visited the accident site and recorded witness statements. A post-mortem report was collected. Efforts were made to trace the unknown accused vehicle.
However, during the crime review meeting, doubts were raised by the supervising officers regarding the veracity of the complaint. Then the investigation took a different turn. After a thorough re-investigation, it was revealed that Milton had actually fallen from the building as he was working without a safety harness.
Police said that in order to save themselves from having to pay lawful compensation and prosecution, the building contractors Mohammed Habib and Kondareddy and building owner Samiulla concealed the facts of the incident.
Police later approached the court to re-investigate the case and registered a case of death by negligence, destruction of evidence and creating a false traffic accident FIR. The case has been transferred to the Begur law and order police station for further investigation.