A group of 20-25 youth entered and vandalized Dr. B.R. Ambedkar post-matric hostel in Sangameshwar Nagar in Belagavi on Sunday at around 10 pm. This followed some property damage including damage to vehicles but no person was injured.
The mob barged in the hostels carrying bats, rods and sticks. This was followed by pelting stones at doors and windows. Vehicles including cycles and bicycles were vandalized while the mob kept abusing the inmates who locked themselves inside their rooms.
The total strength of the hostel is nearly 300. The incident has been captured by CCTV. A complaint has been filed at APMC police station and the FIR is underway. Police Commissioner Lokesh Kumar has ordered an investigation into the incident. Police suspect that eve-teasing could have led to attack.
The suspicion of eve-teasing is based on the complaint of a 20-year old girl who filed an official complaint of molestation against a young man. Provided the girl was not aware of the latter’s name and identity, her friends and family resorted to vandalizing the hostel to get hold of the accused man. The girl informed the police that the young man had been following her for quite some days and trying to befriend her. On Sunday he attempted to molest her after which she informed the whole matter to her family following which the hostel was attacked.
The girl had filed a complaint with the APMC police, the hostel management too filed a complaint against the stone-pelting incident.