A fire incident that occurred early on Saturday morning in north Bangalore destroyed a prayer hall belonging to a Christian protestant group. Police investigations have revealed that the prayer hall was set ablaze by the owner of the building in an effort to frame a rival.
Police said that the fire at the prayer hall located on the second floor of a building at Vidyaranyapuram in North Bangalore destroyed furniture worth lakhs of rupees and left the building completely charred. Police have detained the owner of the building Krishnappa who incidentally lodged the police complaint about the fire.
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Police said the fire occurred around 2.30am on Saturday when a group of men barged into the building, over powered the security guard and went up to the second floor and set it ablaze. The incident came to light when people in the locality noticed smoke rising up from the second floor of the building. Three fire tenders rushed to the spot and doused the fire after a three hour operation.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the owner of the building Krishnappa was engaged in a property dispute with a person identified as Yellappa. He set the second floor hall ablaze with the help of a few people to frame his rival Yellappa, the police claimed. The Vidyaranyapura police who registered a case have taken detained four persons along with the building owner as part of efforts to ascertain the identity of the persons involved in setting the prayer hall on fire.