Sub-inspector's motorcycle set ablaze

BANGALORE, AUG. 21. Miscreants set on fire a motorcycle of a sub-inspector of police at Gandhi Bazaar in Basavanagudi police station limits on Saturday.

The police said that around 12.30 p.m., Nanjunde Gowda, sub-inspector of Basavanagudi traffic sub-division, was checking vehicles near the Karanji Anjaneya temple circle at Gandhi Bazaar.

Mr. Gowda stopped a scooterist and found that he did not possess a driving licence and also the scooter was not <129>insured. When Mr. Gowda <129>issued a notice to the scooterist, he reportedly refused to take it.

The scooterist, who claimed that he was the brother-in-law of a Congress corporator, started abusing the sub-inspector, the police said.

Verbal duel

As Mr. Gowda was engaged in a verbal duel with the scooterist, around 50 people gathered there. Some miscreants among them set on fire Mr. Gowda's motorcycle which was parked at a distance.

The vehicle was damaged.

Mr. Gowda immediately informed the Basavanagudi police station and the Fire Force of the incident.

On seeing policemen reaching the spot, the crowd dispersed.

The scooterist also abandoned his vehicle and ran away, the police said. The Basavanagudi police have registered a case and are on the lookout for the miscreants.

A shopkeeper at Gandhi Bazaar told The Hindu that the people in the area were angry with the traffic police who were allegedly harassing motorists and hawkers on the pavements. "Some disgruntled locals might have set the motorcycle on fire to vent their anger against the traffic police," he said.