Publicity-crazy actor sends cops on wild goose chase over fake robbery

Desperate to get some publicity before the release of his debut movie, an actor falsely complained to the police on Tuesday night that he was robbed and assaulted.

The actor, Vikram Karthik (28), gave an elaborate story about the theft of his car, cash and wallet after an accident in Basaveshwaranagar.

Karthik has starred in the yet-to-be-released Kannada movie Nagavalli Vs Apthamithraru, which is slated to hit the theaters next week. The police suspect that he made out a story to garner publicity before the movies release.

In his police complaint, Karthik said a gang of eight assaulted him at Water Tank Road near Shankar Mutt on Tuesday night and fled with his car. He also said his mobile and wallet with Rs 50,000 cash were also stolen with his identity cards.

He said a passer-by got him admitted to hospital, where the staff alerted the police about the incident.

Acting on the complaint, the police rushed to the spot of the alleged assault and robbery. After examining CCTV footage and interviewing the residents of the area, they realised that no assault or robbery had taken place.

They established, through investigation, that Karthik had driven his car recklessly and rammed into another four-wheeler parked on the roadside.

When the police questioned the owner of the damaged car, he said Karthik had promised to get his car repaired. He said the actor offered his car keys and mobile phone as surety and left the place to get the money.

According to the police, Karthik got himself admitted to the hospital and made up the robbery and assault story. He then urged the hospital staff to inform the police about it. The man whose car Karthik had damaged, meanwhile, handed over the actors car keys and mobile phone to the police.

The police are waiting for Karthiks statement and are planning to take legal action against the actor for misleading them and wasting their time.

Desperate to get some publicity before the release of his debut movie, an actor falsely complained to the police on Tuesday night that he was robbed and assaulted.

The actor, Vikram Karthik (28), gave an elaborate story about the theft of his car, cash and wallet after an accident in Basaveshwaranagar.

Karthik has starred in the yet-to-be-released Kannada movie ‘Nagavalli Vs Apthamithraru’, which is slated to hit the theaters next week. The police suspect that he made out a story to garner publicity before the movie’s release.

In his police complaint, Karthik said a gang of eight assaulted him at Water Tank Road near Shankar Mutt on Tuesday night and fled with his car. He also said his mobile and wallet with Rs 50,000 cash were also stolen with his identity cards.

He said a passer-by got him admitted to hospital, where the staff alerted the police about the incident.

Acting on the complaint, the police rushed to the spot of the alleged assault and robbery. After examining CCTV footage and interviewing the residents of the area, they realised that no assault or robbery had taken place.

They established, through investigation, that Karthik had driven his car recklessly and rammed into another four-wheeler parked on the roadside.

When the police questioned the owner of the damaged car, he said Karthik had promised to get his car repaired. He said the actor offered his car keys and mobile phone as surety and left the place to get the money.

According to the police, Karthik got himself admitted to the hospital and made up the robbery and assault story. He then urged the hospital staff to inform the police about it. The man whose car Karthik had damaged, meanwhile, handed over the actor’s car keys and mobile phone to the police.

The police are waiting for Karthik’s statement and are planning to take legal action against the actor for misleading them and wasting their time.

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