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Extortion Scam Accused Quarrel, Rough up Each Other in Prison

Published: 08th August 2015 04:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2015 04:41 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Shankare Gowda and Srinivasa Gowda, who were arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with extortion in the Lokayukta, got into a fight with each other at the central prison in Parappana Agrahara on Friday.

The duo roughed up each other and ended up with torn shirts after a heated argument over the different statements they both gave before the SIT.

Sources said, Shankare Gowda, an RTI activist, and an associate of M B Srinivas Gowda, a journalist, were being kept in a special cell for their involvement in the Lokayukta scam.

“It is said that earlier they both had agreed to depose a similar version over the scam to SIT officials, who interrogated them. However, after they came to know that each had given contradictory statements to the SIT a tussle broke out between them. After the incident, both of them were kept in separate cells,” sources added.

Police said they were verifying CCTV footage. Earlier the scam’s prime accused Ashwin Rao and Lokayukta PRO Syed Riyaz had blamed each other during a mahazar by SIT while they were in police custody. The team had conducted mahazar in a hotel where the accused had struck the deal in question.



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