Bengaluru, May 11: A 38-year-old movie-goer was beaten to death by a parking attendant and his associate over paying Rs 10 in parking fee in Bengaluru's Bharathinagar on Thursday evening.
Bharani Dharan, 38, a resident of Austin Town and construction labourer, was going to Lavanya theatre when the incident took place. Police sources said Dharan was drunk.
Dharan arrived at the theatre and parked his motorbike on an adjacent lane for a 5.30pm show.
Police said Dharan was in a hurry to buy a ticket for Tamil movie, 'Kanchana 3'.
K Selvaraj, 50, the parking attendant, demanded Rs 10 from Dharan, who said he'd pay after returning from the movie.
Selvaraj insisted Dharan pay on the spot. That led to arguments. Selvaraj allegedly pushed Dharan into the theatre compound and Shekar, 35, a housekeeping assistant with the theatre, joined the former. Selvaraj and Shekhar rained blows on Dharan's chest, leaving him unconscious. Dharan was shifted to Bowring Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.
Selvaraj and Shekhar, from Pulakeshinagar, have been arrested on murder charges. Police said the duo don't have a criminal past. Dharan is survived by his parents and a younger sister.
Miscreants illegally man parking lots, collect fees
Police sources said with most parts of Bengaluru lacking pay-and-park facility, miscreants man parking lots for a fee. This often leads to squabbles.
The BBMP’s request to introduce a pay-andpark policy on 85 roads has been approved by the government, but its implementation has been held up because of model code of conduct.