Minor boy rams car into auto, kills driver; father likely to face action

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September 21, 2019

Bengaluru, Sept 21: A 15-year-old boy, speeding in his father's car, crashed into a stationary autorickshaw, killing the driver and critically injuring another man in the vehicle, in north Bengaluru on Friday.

Police are likely to take action against the Class X student's father, a resident of Mathikere, for allowing a minor to drive the vehicle. They seized both vehicles.

Autorickshaw driver VC Nagaraj, 47, of Patelappa Layout in Nagashettihalli, died in the accident. Nathan Lourdes, 68, of Basappa Layout in Nagashettihalli, is being treated at MS Ramaiah Hospital, where doctors said his condition was critical.

Police detained the boy and sent him to a juvenile home on Friday night.

The crash occurred around 1.30pm when the boy, driving a Maruti Swift, entered Kalpana Chawla Road in Bhoopasandra and stepped on the accelerator.

The road is wide and that may have tempted the boy to go fast,” an investigating officer said. “His vehicle careened to the side of the road and rammed a parked autorickhaw (KA04 AA 3298).”

The father, a marketing manager with a software firm, could face action for negligence in handing over the car to his only son after police produce the boy before a special juvenile court on Saturday with documents to prove his age. “If the court is convinced that he is a minor, we will book a case against his father under IPC sections 279 (rash or negligent driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence),” an officer said.

MK Anand, a witness, said many autorickshaws were parked on both sides of the road at the time. “Pushcart vendors sell food on the road in the afternoon and auto drivers, security guards and others drop by for lunch. There’s usually a big crowd between 2pm and 3 pm. If the accident took place an hour later, there may have been more casualties.”

 Nagaraj and his friend Lourdes, a retiree, were in Nagaraj’s auto when the car crashed into it, said Anand and another witness Imran Pasha. A mob tried to pull the boy out of the car, when police arrived. “We reached the spot and moved the boy to a patrol vehicle,” another police officer said.

Nagaraj is survived by an only son Chetan, a BCom student, and his wife Mala, who works in a private school.
 

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September 14,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 14: In a major development, the State Government on Monday accorded permission to prosecute two IPS officers, to the CBI, in relation to the multi-crore IMA scandal.

According to official sources, the officers, against whom permission was given are, Hemant Nimbalkar, the then IGP CID wing, and Ajay Hilory, the then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Bengaluru).

It may be recalled that the people, had lost over Rs 4000 crore from the I-Monitory Advisory Private limited which had accepted deposits form the public, and later cheated them.

The State Government had handed over the Investigation to the CBI, to investigate into the case later.

The CBI had already arrested kingpin of the IMA financial fraud, Mansoor Khan, and was put in the Central Jail.

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September 22,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 22: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken over the investigations into the communal riots that rocked Bengaluru in August and have registered two cases.

An NIA statement said it took over the investigation on Monday following an order from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) asking the agency to probe two FIRs of arson and violence filed in connection with the incidents in Devarajeevana Halli and Kadugondana Halli police stations under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The first case is registered on the basis of the FIR 195/2020 dated August 12 at Devarajeevana Halli police station while the second case is based on the FIR 229/2020 filed on August 12 at Kadugondana Halli police station.

On August 11 night, the NIA said, more than 1,000 people had gathered in front of the house of Congress MLA Naveen Srinivas Murthy (Pulakeshi Nagar constituency) at Kavalbyrasandra in Bengaluru protesting against a derogatory Facebook post about Prophet Mohammed by his nephew Naveen.

SDPI Karnataka Secretary Muzamil Pasha had earlier called a meeting and directed the members of SDPI and Popular Front to "instigate the mob and incite violence", the agency claimed.

"The mob went on rampage in Devarajeevana Halli, Kadugondana Halli and Pulakeshi Nagar area under Bengaluru City. They attacked Devarajeevana Halli and Kadugondana Halli police stations and vandalized the property of police stations. including government and private vehicles parked in the police stations," it said.

The mob also attacked the house of the MLA before attacking the police stations. The NIA team, headed by an IG-rank officer, is camping at Bengaluru in connection with the investigation of these cases, the statement added.

The Centre had earlier informed the Karnataka High Court that it would take over the case.

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September 19,2020

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Bengaluru, Sept 19: Actor Santosh Kumar, Kannada anchor Akul Balaji and former Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) corporator Yuvraj R V appeared before the CCB officials on Saturday in connection with the Karnataka drug scandal.

While interacting with media, Santosh said that he was in touch with only Vaibhav Jain and that he is carrying some documents to prove his innocence.

Stating he was prepared to face the investigating officers, Balaji admitted that Vaibhav was just his 'hi-bye' friend.

Three police inspectors and their teams are going to interrogate the trio separately, a senior officer said.

The trio is suspected of having contacts with the drug peddler Sandeep Patil.

Earlier, the Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) had stated that based on certain information, it was felt necessary to inquire about these three and hence a notice was served.

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