Monday, March 21, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Man kills self after alleged abuse by officials

Man kills self after alleged abuse by officials
TNN, Mar 20, 2011, 04.52am IST

BANGALORE: Tension prevailed at Bommanahalli, near Electronics City on
Saturday morning after a 53-year-old man committed suicide alleging
harassment by a local corporator and police officials.

The deceased, BT Sampangi, was found hanging from the ceiling of his
office on Service Road, Bommanahalli, on Saturday morning. Members of
the Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) blocked Hosur Road and demanded
stern action against the accused policemen and the corporator.

Before police could reach the spot, the protesters recovered the
suicide note in which Sampangi reportedly mentioned the name of a
Madiwala police inspector, accusing him of torture. Police officials
are investigating whether the suicide note was really written by
Sampangi or not. "The protesters removed the suicide note and were
distributing photocopies. So first, we have to look into the truth
behind the suicide note," a senior police official said.

South East DCP BNS Reddy said that Ananth Kumar, Sampangi's younger
son, had eloped with a minor girl on March 9. "A kidnap case was
booked against Ananth Kumar on March 10 in Madiwala police station.
Investigating officials used to interrogate Sampangi and his elder son
on a daily basis," Reddy said.

Meanwhile, Sampangi was summoned to the station on Friday and
questioned till late evening.

"A departmental enquiry will be conducted and if found guilty, legal
action will be taken against the police official concerned and the
corporator," he said.

According to police, Sampangi was depressed after his son eloped.
Since he was a local DSS leader and active in social services, he felt

Later, senior police officials including additional commissioner of
police (law and order) Sunil Kumar rushed to the spot and pacified the

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