Head constable thrashes hawker for not selling plastic table to him at lesser price, suspended

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The hawker who was assaulted and (right) the head constable who was suspended.

HASSAN: A police head constable was suspended after he thrashed a hawker for not selling a plastic table to him at a discounted price.

Manikumar, attached to the Yeslur police station in Sakleshpur taluk, stopped the hawker Arjun, who hails from Gadag, and inquired about the price of the plastic tables that he was selling. When the hawker quoted a price of Rs 2,500, Manikumar allegedly bargained for Rs 1,800.

When Arun told the head constable that he could not sell the table for such a low price and requested the latter to quote a higher price, an angry Manikumar took Arjun to the roof of the Canara Bank building in Yeslur, accused him of stealing the plastic table, abused him and hit him with a lathi.

The hawker pointing to the table which he was selling and

Arjun later lodged a complaint with the Yeslur police station following which an inquiry was conducted and the head constable placed under suspension by Superintendent of Police Hariram Shankar.

In another incident, the SP has ordered the suspension of a constable and issuance of notices to three others for allegedly misbehaving with inmates of the post-matric hostel at Vidyanagar in Hassan.

The hostel inmates complained that constable Vedakumar had entered the premises on the night of August 2 while on night patrol and had made derogatory remarks about Dr B R Ambedkar.

Based on the inquiry report of the Deputy SP, Hariram Shankar has suspended the constable and ordered notices to the sub-inspector who was on night beat that day, and two other constables.

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