Mangaluru, July 13, 2015 : A security guard Ravi in his mid 20s, of an ATM in Belthangady , accused the Belthangady police of assault and harassment following the sound of an alarm from the ATM in the early hours of June 27.
At a meeting grievances meet of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes at the office of Superintendent of Police July 12, S.P. Anand from Karnataka Dalita Sangharsha Samiti (Ambedkar Vaada) said that Ravi, the security guard, who is also his relative, had been working at the Karnataka Bank ATM. On June 26 night, he took the permission of the manager of security agency where he works to rest after 2 a.m.
Anand stated that Ravi slept in a room near the ATM. Around 2.30 a.m., three persons came to the ATM to repair an alarm that was at fault. After checking the sound they left. Hearing the siren sound, the security guard of a nearby ATM called the police suspecting a theft.
The police came to the spot and found Ravi sleeping in a room nearby. The police allegedly slapped Ravi and kicked him. Anand also accused the police of hurling abuses at Ravi. Despite a complaint, no action had been taken against the policemen he said.
Belthangady Police Inspector said that the incident has occurred on June 29 and not on June 26. The inspector said that the bank authorities said that there were no personnel sent on June 29 morning to repair the siren. He said that it was theft attempt and a gang of persons ran away after hearing the siren.
Superintendent of Police Sharanappa S.D. said that an inquiry will be conducted into the allegations against the police personnel. He refused to agree with the contention of Anand that a 17-year-old girl was forced to give a complaint in Sullia police station against her brother-in-law accusing the latter of rape. SP Sharanappa said that the police registered the case under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act following a complaint by the victim.