Bengaluru: The Bannerghatta police are on the lookout for two men who allegedly chopped the hand of a 31-year-old man in a bid to rob him, on Tuesday evening.
Police said a manhunt has been launched to trace the culprits and the severed hand, which they took away.
The victim, a 31-year-old electrical contractor from Madhuri, has been identified as Ravish. He had gone to a temple in Bannerghatta with his friend, identified as Jayalakshmi a woman constable at V.V. Puram traffic police.
Police said the incident took place towards evening near Champakadhama temple. After offering prayers Ravish and Jayalakshmi were allegedly sitting near a pond and chatting.
Investigations revealed that Ravish felt thirsty and he went to two people standing nearby and asked for water. The duo asked him to wait claiming that their associate had gone to get water.
While Ravish was waiting, one of the men threw chilli powder at him, pulled out a chopper and demanded that he part with valuables. When Ravish tried to resist, the accused attacked him with chopper, inflicting deep cut on his hand. They robbed his wallet and mobile phones of both Ravish and Jayalakshmi.
The complainant said the accused told them to stay back till they leave the place. However Ravish and Jayalakshmi tried to follow them as he was bleeding profusely.
Enraged by their conduct, the accused attacked him again. This time they severed his hand and took it away.
Due to the second attack Ravish fell on the ground and began to scream while Jaya called for help and also informed the police.
The local residents rushed to his help and put a cloth around the injured part to stanch the blood flow. The Bannerghatta police rushed to the spot and shifted him to a hospital, the police added.
Based on Ravish and Jaya’s statement the police have registered a case.