Brother of lawyer for India Gate riot accused held in Bangalore

The Bangalore police have arrested a software engineer, the brother of an advocate defending men picked up on charges of rioting during the protests at India Gate over the Delhi gangrape incident. Police claimed that the software engineer was a "dangerous person'' who had exhibited violent behaviour in the past.

The engineer, Loknath Bharti, was arrested on January 12 on charge of threatening a cook with a knife at his paying guest accommodation in South Bangalore. He was initially remanded in four-day judicial custody but was released on bail on Sunday after the intervention of his advocate-brother, Somnath Bharti.

Somnath Bharti and his brother Loknath Bharti have now filed a counter-complaint against the HSR Layout police who detained Loknath Bharti, apart from the owner of the paying guest facility Ravinder Aneja, caretaker Jonathan and cook Govinda, who was allegedly threatened.

Somnath Bharti alleged that the arrest of his brother was a conspiracy linked to his defence of the protesters 'falsely' accused by the Delhi Police of causing the death of a police constable during the portests over the Delhi gangrape incident.

In the complaint against the HSR Layout police, the Bhartis accused sub-inspector Dalle Gowda of violating principles of natural justice and constitutional rights by locking up Loknath Bharti on January 12 "without showing him the content of the complaint supposedly filed against him''.

"Loknath was mercilessly beaten up in the police station when he demanded the reason for locking him up,'' the complaint states.

Somnath Bharti said the police had not complied with requests for medical examination of his brother. The ACP, HSR region, H Subanna, however, claimed that Loknath Bharti had a history of violent behaviour.

"There is a miscellaneous complaint against him in an East Bangalore police station for threatening officials of a software company following an interview. He seems to be a dangerous fellow. We should have sent him for a medical examination to ascertain his mental health,'' the ACP said.

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