Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Displaying admirable presence of mind, a young mother foiled a robbery bid at her house in Jnanajyothi Nagar on Monday by alerting neighbours who rushed in and caught one of two robbers.

While the other robber managed to escape, the one caught was roundly thrashed before being handed over to the Jnanabharathi police.

Shilpa (32) and her four-year-old son were at home while her husband, Dilip, a jewellery shop owner, had left for work when two men entered their first floor home. The intruders threatened Shilpa into parting with the jewellery and cash kept in a safe saying they would choke her son who was asleep.

Even as one of the robbers advanced upon Shilpa to tie her to a chair and smother her, the other was searching for jewellery. Seizing the chance, Shilpa yelled for help which brought in the neighbours. The startled robbers panicked and rushed down the stairs. One managed to escape while the other, Ashok, was caught.

The police, who took Ashok to Victoria Hospital for treatment, are investigating whether the incident has anything to do with Dilip’s business.

Body found

The body of a newborn baby was found near a pavement in Anjanappa Garden on Monday. Passer-by noticed the body and informed the Cottonpet Police. The body was handed over to Victoria Hospital.

Case against college

The Vidyaranyapura police have registered a case against Sambhram College management in connection with the suicide of an MBA student Pushpanjali at the hostel on January 30.

On Monday Rajagopal, convener of the Dalit Students’ Forum, lodged a complaint accusing college principal P. Shivananda and other members of college administration, of abetting the 24-year-old Jharkhand native’s suicide.

He said the student, who was admitted six months ago, was later told she was not eligible to write the first semester examination as she did not have sufficient marks in her graduate course.

This, Mr. Rajagopal, was wrong as Ms. Pushpanjali had scored 54 per cent as against the qualifying percentage of 50. The college had failed to inform the university about the marks, driving the student to suicide.

The Vidyaranyapura has registered a casefor abetment of suicide.