Bengaluru: An inebriated CRPF constable, who was caught red-handed for misbehaving with a woman on a bus, was thrashed and handed over to the police by the public on Friday.
But the police, instead of taking action against the guilty guard, let him off with a warning, saying that no one came forward to file a complaint against the guilty constable.
The incident occurred around 12.30 pm in a bus heading from the Kempegowda International Airport to Hebbal. The Central Reserve Police Force constable, M.R. Sahoo, who got into the bus, started misbehaving with the women passengers. When conductor Madan G. objected to his behavior, Sahoo argued with Mr Madan and also attacked him.
The bus driver, who spotted a traffic police constable, stopped the vehicle at the Kodigehalli Junction.
The traffic policeman refused to help the passengers and advised them to take the CISF guard to the police station.
The angry public thrashed Sahoo and took him to the police station. When the passengers searched his pockets, they found a CRPF ID card, which stated that he is from Odisha and working at KIA as security guard.
But at the Kodigehalli station, the police let off Sahoo with a warning. A senior police officer justified their action, saying there was no complaint against the CRPF constable. He said, "Sahoo told us that he fought with the conductor over a ticket issue and was beaten up. We did not know that it was a case of eve teasing."
President of the Resident Welfare Association, Keshava Kumar N., who handed over Sahoo to the police, said, "This is how our police work and this is why crimes against women are on the rise." The police, however, said that they would initiate action against Sahoo if someone filed a complaint....