Bengaluru: It was nothing short of a night of horror for three youth, including the one whose birthday was being celebrated at his house in Indiranagar on Saturday night, when three inebriated men riding in a white BMW attacked them in front of the birthday boy's house and threatened to gun them down “if they spoke a word”.
The incident took place around 3 am on Sunday at a house located in a once-quiet residential neighbourhood just off the busy Indiranagar 100 Feet Road, when the birthday boy Sunil and his friend Shankar (names changed) walked towards the house's gate to receive their friend. While they stood at the gate, a speeding BMW car coming against the one-way halted in front of them and three men, who were heavily drunk, came out of the car and started abusing the victims.
“We never expected such a thing to happen. We were shocked to see three men holding whiskey bottles marching towards us. They abused us and even punched us on our faces. When we questioned them, one of the attackers threatened to gun us down and even asked one of his associates to get the gun, which according to him was kept in the car,” one of the victims, Shankar, narrated the ordeal.
According to the victims, the accused even jumped the compound wall and caught hold of Sunil, who was inside the compound and thrashed him black and blue without any provocation.
They also allegedly broke flower pots kept in the garden.
“Such incidents are common in the area. Rich brats first consume alcohol and do whatever they want. There is no one to question them and their act. Police patrolling vehicles don't go around in our area and are instead seen parked near restaurants,”another victim said.
The victims contacted the JB Nagar police station and the police arrived on the spot in less than 15 minutes. But, they said, the culprits had fled the spot by then.
“We couldn't see the car's registration number properly, but for the last four digits, as it was dark. When we tried to lodge a complaint with the policemen who had arrived at the spot, they asked us for the entire sequence of registration number to trace the car and register the complaint,” the victims said.
The incident, though did not lead to serious injuries, raises many questions on the safety of public and shows how vulnerable people are to excesses committed by criminals, who are on the prowl at nights.
This also raises questions over the police patrolling at night, which is nothing but tokenism....