A 33-year-old Indian Army Major was allegedly beaten up in Bengaluru on 29th July, Friday. According to Bangalore Mirror, the brutality happened when the Major was stuck in a traffic jam near the SCT Institute of Technology on Kaggadasapura main road. A case of voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means under section 324 of the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused.
The victim's vehicle bore Haryana registration plates. An auto driver was staring at him and criticizing him for being a north Indian who did not know how to drive on city roads. When the Major warned him to stop misbehaving and started taking pictures of the driver to report the matter to the police, the auto driver lost his cool.
He started damaging the vehicle and shattered the entire windshield. Soon, he was joined by four other locals who dragged the Major out of his vehicle and started beating him with spanners. There were almost 40 on-lookers watching the whole incident without interfering.
It was only because of a city techie, Murali Kartik that the Major is still alive today.
When speaking to the Bangalore Mirror, Murali Kartik said -
"I was behind the victim's car and witnessed the whole incident. The Major was innocent and the auto driver picked a fight for no reason. The victim did not even come out of the car and was unable to understand the language in which the driver was speaking. Four other passersby, who were in no way connected to the incident, ganged up with the driver and started damaging the vehicle. The victim was then pulled out of the car and badly beaten. There were nearly 40 onlookers and nobody came to the victim's rescue, despite his pleas for help. I started pushing the assailants, asking them not to beat him as he would die. With great difficulty, I rescued the victim and the accused ran away."
Kartik rushed the victim to Sri Lakshmi Hospital in Kaggadasapura where he is undergoing treatment. Kartik added -
"I could see the victim being beaten with spanners. He was bleeding profusely and did not know why he was being assaulted. The spot where the incident occurred sees regular traffic jams. After treatment we went to the Bayappanaalli police station around 7.30 pm and filed a complaint. The pictures, which the victim managed to click of the driver and others who beat him, were handed over to the police for further investigation. I wish those 40 onlookers, instead watching the victim being beaten, could have just warned the accused and sent them away."
Kudos to the young man for showing courage and most importantly, humanity.