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Cops attacked with pepper spray

Two constables from the Bellandur police station were attacked with pepper spray by habitual offenders who were trying to escape from custody. Despite being almost blinded by the spray, the constables pinned down the duo until a back-up team arrived. The incident took place at Kasavanahalli on Thursday morning.

Constables Hanumanta Talwara and Ramesh Kambli were on patrol duty when they spotted two men on a bike on Kasavanahalli Road around 3.30 a.m. When they stopped the motorcycle, one of the men brandished a knife and rode off, but the constables were able to arrest his associate Raghavendra Patil, 19. They took him to an apartment complex in the area and asked seven security guards to hold him in a room while they went in search of the other man.

They informed their ASI, who was on Hoysala patrol duty nearby, and went in search of the biker, Manjunatha Patil 20, whom too they were able to nab.

Manjunatha was also taken to the security room. But, as soon as he saw Raghavendra, he pulled out a bottle of pepper spray and attacked the men. While the guards fled, the constables held on to the attackers.

Constable Talwara said, “I knew they had daggers and they could have stabbed us, but we kept telling them that we would shoot them if they attacked.”

Once the Hoysala patrol arrived, the duo were arrested and the constables were given medical aid in a hospital nearby.

The Bellandur police booked the duo under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duties) and 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension).

Auto driver attacks ASI

In another incident, a 56-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) attached to Yeshwantpur traffic police station was attacked by an autorickshaw driver with a glass bottle on Wednesday.

ASI Thimmarayappa was on duty at the MEI junction when he saw that the auto driver, Santosh, was not wearing his uniform. As he was writing him a ticket, the constable suspected that Santosh was drunk. After an alcometer confirmed his suspicion, the ASI slapped a police notice on him, seized the vehicle and asked him to pay a fine in court.

Santosh left the spot, but returned an hour later with an empty glass bottle. He attacked Thimmarayappa, who was on duty near the RMC Yard bus stop, hitting him on the back of his head with the bottle.

Passers-by took Thimmarayappa, who was bleeding from his head, to a hospital while others managed to nab Santosh.

The Yeshwantpur police booked Santosh under Sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duties) and 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from discharging his duty), and remanded him in judicial custody.


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