An Australian national was assaulted by miscreants in Karnataka’s Konkanakuppa village near Badami after he allegedly misbehaved with women in the village on late Monday night.
The 35-year-old is identified as Williams K James, a resident of Melbourne, Australia. The residents in the village alleged that the foreigner misbehaved with the women, and, in response, they tied him up before thrashing him, the police said. Williams has been admitted to the hospital, and he is out of danger, the police added.
Senior police officials said James arrived in Badami on Monday and visited various historical places in the town. Afterwards, he travelled to Konkanakoppa village, which is 15 kms from Badami, where the incident took place.
Bagalkot district police have formed a special team to investigate the matter and are trying to identify the accused who thrashed James.
Speaking to indianexpress.com, Lokesh Bharamappa Jagalasar, Superintendent of Police, Bagalkot said, “we have taken up a suo motu case against the villagers and a special police team is formed to identify the villagers who thrashed James. No complaint has been registered against the Australian national by villagers. James is stable undergoing the treatment in the hospital once he is fine we will question him about the incident.”
Badami town is located in Bagalkot district in the Northern part of Karnataka. It is popular for its cave temples, which date back to the 12th century. Badami was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from AD 540 to 757. Its red sandstone cliffs are popular amongst international climbers.