“Bollards damaged in road accident”: Police clarify after claims of theft

Bengaluru: The City police on Wednesday said the eight bollards that went missing from the pedestrian island at St Mark’s Road in Bengaluru were not stolen but they were damaged in the accident. The clarification comes a day after BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar, Biocon MD Kiran Mazumdar Shaw claimed that the bollards were stolen for “its metal value”.

“Few days before on 28/10/19 night time one tata ace vehicle rashely hit to 8 bollards near SBI circle all the bollards are damaged, the prestige group security personnel and police kept them in prestige office premises.will fix them at the earliest,” Cubbon Park police clarified on Twitter. 

Although the incident took place about a week ago, the investigation was taken up only after the BBMP lodged a complaint at the Cubbon Park police station on Wednesday that the bollards have been stolen. BBMP Commissioner Anil Kumar also confirmed it on Twitter that the civic body lodged a complaint and also urged citizens to call the control room if they find public properties are being damaged. 

Following a complaint, the police had registered a case under IPC section 379 (theft). “Bengalureans please be VIGILANT & SAVE our CITY Infrastructure from THIEVES. TenderSure project put these nice bollards on St Marks Rd Square. 15 were stolen last night. Some might have seen but none acted,” R K Misra, who co-founded public bicycle sharing platform Yulu said. 

In his another tweet, he said: Please update and post the progress on the FIR. Pl post the photos of caught thieves. @BlrCityPolice should take this as a challenge to give confidence to citizens”. 

Without verifying, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, who is a strong proponent of tenderSURE projects, also tweeted saying, “Shocking theft of bollards on St Marks TendsrSURE Road – thieves hv done this in full view of CCTVs. I guess police were not patrolling – such distasteful uncivic n uncouth behaviour.”