Shoot if attacked: Bengaluru police commissioner to his men

Bengaluru: In the wake of increasing assault on the police personnel, city police commissioner T Suneel Kumar has directed policemen to open fire at those trying to manhandle them. The police constables have been directed to carry their rifle during the night beat and use it if necessary. At a press meet here on Saturday, the police commissioner directed his men to take strict action against those interfering with them while carrying out their duty.

As many as six assault incidents on police personnel have been reported this month, including the latest one at Jeevan Bima Nagar, where four drunk men allegedly misbehaved with a woman police sub-inspector early Friday. During her night rounds sub-inspector R. Ashwini told them not to create a public nuisance and leave the place. They picked up a fight and misbehaved with her.

Immediately the constables, who were accompanying her, took them into their custody and registered a case. The accused have been identified as Jittu, 22, Vidyananda, 26, Akhil, 25 and Sachin, 25 all residents of Thippasandra.

The Commissioner said that in most incidents the accused were under the influence of alcohol and in some cases the culprits did not have any criminal background. A special team has been formed to nab the culprits of J.J. Nagar and Kogehalli incidents, he added. He directed the police to check to take strict action against bars violating the rules related to closing time.

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