The Bangalore Metropolitan Task Force (BMTF) on Tuesday cracked the whip on three Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) engineers and prosecuted them for deliberate inaction against land encroachments.

Engineers attached to the Govindaraj Nagar Subdivision were prosecuted for allowing a building owner to encroach upon a storm water drain, while the assistant and executive engineers at the Hombegowda Nagar and the Banashankari subdivision respectively were booked for failing to act against house owners who had violated building bylaws.

The accused, along with the building owners, have been booked under Section 217 of the Indian Penal Code (Public servant disobeying direction of law with intent to save person from punishment)

The BMTF crackdown on the engineers follows a complaint lodged in December 2012 regarding encroachment of the storm water drain. Despite the BMTF’s directive for action, the officials concerned had failed to do so even after six months.

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