Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The perils of picking a quarrel with a BMTC driver came home powerfully to a youth here on Wednesday afternoon as he not only received a mouthful abuses from the driver but was soundly thrashed by the police. The youth, driving a car overtook a BMTC bus (Route No. 234E) near Nayandahalli. Annoyed by the driver hogging the road between the Raja Rajeshwari Arch and Nayandahalli, he forced the bus to stop and picked a quarrel with the driver.

As the words got hotter, the driver alighted from the bus and unleashed a mouthful of abuses on the youth, forcing him to retreat. As he was about to start his car, two policemen – an assistant sub inspector (ASI) and a driver-cum-constable – of a Hoysala patrol vehicle arrived on the scene and ordered the youth to get down.

Even as the youngster attempted to park the car by the side of the road, constable N. Prakash thrashed him with the lathi through the window on the driver’s side. The young man got out of the car with constable Prakash raining lathi blows on him, abusing him for obstructing traffic and a public transport vehicle. ASI Mutyachar, who joined the verbal tirade, went to sit in the car, ordering the driver to go to the police station when a member of the public intervened.

Soon other outraged onlookers joined issue with the police about their right to manhandle the young man. At this, the lawmen beat a hasty retreat. As the crowd dispersed, some of them were heard saying that the police should exhibit this kind of valour against criminals and not against the common man.

Woman ends life

Unable to bear alleged harassment for more dowry, a 19-year-old woman hanged herself in her house at SMS Layout near J.P. Nagar here on Tuesday. Soumya of Kollegal was married in 2008 to Shiva Prasad, a truck driver, who had been demanding Rs. 2 lakh as dowry. On Monday, she brought Rs. 25,000 from her parents and Shiva Prasad abused her. This led her to take the extreme step, said the J.P. Nagar police, who arrested the husband.