QBengaluru: Janardhana Reddy Arrested; Building Collapses In City

Latest news updates from Karnataka. 

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Janardhana Reddy

1. Karnataka's Mining Baron Reddy Arrested, Jailed in Ponzi Case

Karnataka's former BJP minister and mining baron Gali Janardhana Reddy was arrested and jailed for allegedly shielding two accused persons in a multi-crore Ponzi scheme, a police officer said on Sunday.

"Based on the evidences and statements, Reddy has been arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Alok Kumar told reporters here.

Later, Additional City Metropolitan Magistrate Jagdish sent Reddy to a 14-day judicial custody till 24 November after being produced at the Magistrate's residence by the City Crime Branch (CCB) police.

The CCB police took Reddy to state-run Victoria Hospital in the city for a check-up before producing him at the Magistrate's residence.

Source: The Quint

2. Under Construction Building Collapses in Bengaluru, one Killed

A security guard was buried alive after a four-storeyed, under-construction residential building collapsed in Basavanagudi in Thyagrajnagar police limits on Saturday evening.

The deceased, Suneel (23), was on duty when the building collapsed.

A call was made to the Fire and Emergency Department around 5 pm. Soon, five tenders and over 10 quick response teams, including personnel from civil defence, rushed to the spot and began the rescue and search operation.

No one, except Suneel, was at the building, which was yet to be occupied. No labourers too had reported at the site, which is near Sai Baba Temple at Thyagaraja Nagar, because of Deepavali holidays, the police said.

3. Feasibility Report on Bike Taxis to Reach Government in 10 Days

Riders of Bikxie, the bike taxi service.
Riders of Bikxie, the bike taxi service.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/@BikxieTaxi)

In March 2016, when the Transport Department cracked down on illegal bike taxi services introduced by ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Ola in the city, it received a mixed response from the public.

A section of citizens who relied on this kind of public transport to get to work vehemently opposed the move, and criticised officials for living in the ‘stone age’ instead of adapting to modes of transport that could solve problems like last-mile connectivity.

Now, a state-appointed committee is revisiting bike-taxi services, and will be submitting a report to the government in 10 days on whether they should be allowed on Bengaluru’s roads.

Source: The Hindu

4. Cops get the Better of Rowdies During Fiery Shootout

Representational image of a crime scene.
Representational image of a crime scene.
(Photo: iStock)

Two rowdies sustained gunshot injuries when police fired at them as they evaded arrest in the mistaken murder of a 23-year-old accountant. The hot chase ended in a fiery shootout at Katamnallur Gate near KR Puram in eastern Bengaluru.

History-sheeters Naveen Kumar and Girish had gone into hiding after learning that police were searching for them for killing Chethan on 14 October. The alleged assailants had mistaken Chethan for the henchman of a rival rowdy when he came asking about an address.  They killed him and burnt his body on the outskirts of the city.  A police team began chasing Kumar and Girish early on Sunday morning after learning that they were riding a motorcycle towards Kadugodi.

5. Mobile Phones Banned for Bengaluru's BMTC bus Drivers on Duty From 15 November

A BMTC/KSRTC bus. Photo used for representation.
A BMTC/KSRTC bus. Photo used for representation.
(Photo Courtesy: BMTC/KSRTC’s Facebook Page)

Come 15 November, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) drivers won’t be able to carry their mobile phones while on duty. The decision by the state corporation follows several complaints from passengers that drivers use their phone while on duty putting passengers’ safety at risk. Officials said that bus drivers will have to deposit their phones at lockers in their respective depots.

Currently, speaking on the phone while on duty attracts a fine of Rs 3,000 for BMTC bus drivers. Previously in August a similar directive was issued by the management urging drivers to switch off their phones before they got behind the wheel. However, this time officials say that it will be enforced strictly and violating drivers will be penalised with suspension.

“We have received several complaints from passengers that some drivers are making calls, browsing social media and watching videos,” a top transport official said.

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