Mangaluru, Oct 09, 2016: In a reported incident of a police officer attached to the Bantwal rural police station allegedly threatening his neighbours with a weapon before destroying coconut and other plants in their property became viral on the social media on Oct 8, Saturday. The incident reportedly happened in Deppoli, Peraje village in Vitla police limits where Assistant Sub Inspector Rukmaiah Gowda resides.
The clips and photographs show ASI Gowda waving a machete and destroying crops. He allegedly assaulted Parameshwara Naik and gram panchayat member Mohini who came to the rescue of Naik. The ASI also reportedly destroyed the plants in another neighbour Adam’s property. All the three have small parcels of land, about 10 to 15 cents, bordering ASI Gowda’s abode.
Residents also alleged that such behaviour was not new to Gowda, who had allegedly assaulted another neighbour in June. The Vitla police had not acted on the complaint in this regard, they said.
Following this, Dakshina Kannada District Superintendent of Police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase ordered an inquiry by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bantwal.
SP Borase told media that since the video shows both Gowda and Naik holding weapons, there was no clarity. Hence, the inquiry is ordered to ascertain facts. Property dispute between the parties was not new, he added. If the inquiry finds the police officer being on the wrong side of law, suitable action would be initiated, the SP said.