BENGALURU: A group of policemen, who went to pick up a rowdy-sheeter as a preventive measure in view of the upcoming Assembly elections, were abused and insulted by the rowdy-sheeter’s family members. As a result, the rowdy’s brother and nephew were arrested even as the policemen brought the rowdy-sheeter M Narayana to the police station.
The city police are making rowdy-sheeters and anti-social elements give an undertaking that they will not involve in any criminal or illegal activities during the elections. As part of this, head constables Rajagopal, Shankarappa, constables Hemanth Kumar and Tejaswi Nayak — all attached to Whitefield police station — were assigned to bring Narayana to the police station on Saturday.
The police team had been information that Narayana was at his elder brother Srinivas’s house in Nallurahalli and went there to pick him up. It was around 11.30 am when the team reached there. “When our men inquired about Narayana, his brother Srinivas did not cooperate and started abusing.
He said ‘Why have you come here? Don’t you know I am an influential politician. I will file a case with the Police Commissioner, Lokayukta, Human Rights Commission and SC/ST cell against you. We will say that you ill-treated us as we belong to the scheduled caste and harassed the women in our house’. As he started using filthy words, the policemen decided to leave the place and come back later,” an official said.
The police team went to inquire about another rowdy-sheeter and returned to Srinivas’s house around 5.30pm. “This time Srinivas was joined by his son Sridhar, and Narayana’s wife Shakuntala. The trio picked an argument with the policemen. Later, the policemen informed senior officers about the incident and arrested Srinivas and his son Sridhar,” the official added.
“Srinivas is a farmer and has no links with any political party,” police added. Based on a complaint filed by head constable Rajagopal, Srinivas, Sridhar and Shakuntala were booked under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and other sections of the IPC. While the father and son are remanded in judicial custody, police are yet to arrest Shakuntala.