Published: 04th February 2019
Gang-war style fight among students outside Karnataka college leaves 3 injured, police on lookout for attackers
The police are now on the lookout for around 28 students of the college, who according to the complainant, attacked bystanders who tried to stop them
An all-out war that broke out between two groups of students of a popular college in Bommanahalli on January 31, led to a 20-year-old student and two of his friends being brutally attacked and injured. The police are now on the lookout for around 28 students of the college, who according to the complainant, attacked them with bicycle chains, cricket stumps and iron rods during the fight that took place just outside the college gates.
The attackers also assaulted people who tried to intervene. One student who has sustained serious injuries has been identified as Azaruddin, a nursing student, while his two friends Harshawin and Ahammed were also injured in the attack. Another person identified as Lohit, working at a garment store nearby, was beaten when he rushed to help the victim along with other local residents.
The attack took place around 9 pm at the back gate of the college near Gas Godown Road of Hosur Road in Hongasandra. According to the complaint filed by Azaruddin, the police have taken up the case of attempt to murder against the 28 students.
The attack was a culmination of fights between the two groups. On January 23 around 7.30 pm when Azaruddin was walking out of the college back gate along with his friends Sathya, Ahammed and Gokul Krishna, a student identified as Mohammed Nasik riding on a Royal Enfield Bullet bike hit Sathya from behind. When the trio took Nasik to task for his reckless riding, the latter abused them resulting in a small fight.
On January 29, when Sathya and Gokul Krishna were walking at the same place, Nasik and a group of his friends cornered the duo and fought with them.
On January 31, around 8.45 pm, Albert, a paramedical student, called Sathya over phone and asked him to come to the back gate of the college for discussing the issues between them. Sathya went there along with Azaruddin, Ahammed, Harshawin, Gokul Krishna and a few others. On reaching the back gate they saw Nasik and his friends roaming with chains, stumps and iron rods. They surrounded Sathya, Azaruddin and his friends and got into an argument. Seeing the situation turning ugly, Sathya and others tried to escape while Nasik, his friend Ajay and others caught Azaruddin and attacked him on his head, back and other parts of the body. They beat up Harshawin and Ahammed with stumps.
On witnessing the attack, a few locals rushed to the spot, and when they tried to intervene, they too were attacked by the students. When more people started gathering, the attackers managed to escape. The injured were rushed to a private hospital where they underwent treatment.
An investigating officer from Bommanahalli police station said that both the attackers and victims had some issues on the campus. "We received information the next day, a complaint has been taken against 28 students. When we went to inquire almost all the attackers had left the hostel due to holidays. We will take action against them once they return to college," the officer said.
The college principal and management were unavailable for comment.
Past incidents at the college
August 2018: Seven senior students abduct two juniors, take them to their rented house in Mangammanapalya, lock them and made them dance, sing and clean the house throughout the night
September 2018: Four students attack three collegemates when they were having coffee in a bakery over a row in the college