Belagavi: After 23-year-old member Anjana lost her life after being attacked the man-eater tiger another unexpected shocker has hit the family of Appanna Hanabar.
At Mudagai village in Khanapur taluk, the police department has booked the complete family of Appanna Hanabar in the case of stone-pelting upon police and forest personnel at Mudagai village on 25th December, on the second day after the tiger killed Anjana, the wife of Appanna.
On that day, around 200 villagers led by local MLA Arvind Patil, were protesting against failure of the forest department and demanding immediate capture of animal. Protesters suddenly got aggressive and started stone pelting upon police and forest guards in which many personnel sustained with minor injuries. Incident had happened in the presence of former minister and present Chikkodi MP Prakash Hukkeri.
The department has registered two different suo motu cases against eight members of the Hanabar family including Appanna and his mother and father and another two. Complaints have been registered in the name of Khanapur PSI U S Awati and constable Meerasab Mokashi. The family been blamed for taking law into its own hands and stopping the on duty police officials from discharging their duty by pelting stones. Cases have been booked under IPC Section 1860 (U/s-143, 147, 148, 149, 336 and 353).
The questions are being raised over just booking the family members of the victim by registering a suo motu complaint in hurry, when there were two hundred people involved in the incident. Police action has also come under a cloud of suspicion as they have not booked MLA Arvind Patil in the case, especially when he had led the protest.
When asked PSI Awati said the case is booked based on preliminary investigation. Case is still under investigation stage and being an investigation officer, other people responsible for the incident also will be brought to book. However, he evaded replying to the question as to why the MLA who led the protest was spared from the case.
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