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‘Missing’ bollards on St Mark’s Road not stolen, but damaged by vehicle: Bengaluru Police

However, investigating officers found out Wednesday morning that the bollards were safe in a compound nearby. These were later fixed back at their designated locations on SBI circle, St Mark's Road on Wednesday.

Bollards-Bangalore-Bengaluru-St-Marks-Road-59 With activists and netizens sharing their concerns widely on Twitter, the police clarified that the missing bollards were mowed down a vehicle and were not ‘stolen’.

As hundreds of netizens in Bengaluru expressed concern over ‘missing’ steel bollards on St Marks Road, the city police have clarified that they weren’t ‘stolen’ but damaged by a vehicle last week.

Bollards are short posts used to prevent traffic from entering an area. These metal structures have been installed by TenderSure widely on its roads across the city.

The alleged ‘theft’ of the bollards attracted attention on social media Tuesday night after R K Misra, an urban expert from the city, posted some pictures on Twitter saying, “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. Next Time – STOP, Question, TAKE PHOTO & CALL 100 if you see this.”

He tweet was soon followed one from industrialist Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, who called out to the top brass of Bengaluru city police. “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.”

Incidentally, an FIR was soon registered at the Cubbon Park police station under section 379 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) alleging theft after which the police started an investigation on the same. According to the complaint lodged by an assistant engineer from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the bollards were worth Rs 1.6 lakh.

However, investigating officers found out Wednesday morning that the bollards were safe in a compound nearby. Confirming this, a police officer from the Cubbon Park station told, “As many as 8 bollards were damaged after a Tata Ace vehicle mowed them down in an incident of rash driving on October 28 night. The damaged bollards were shifted to the office premises of Prestige Group closeby by the patrolling police who visited the are then. These have been fixed back now.”

Bollards-Bangalore-Bengaluru-fixed-759 The bollards were fixed back by BBMP officials on Wednesday. Express Photo/Ralph Alex Arakal

Meanwhile, the tweets by Misra and Mazumdar Shaw went viral as netizens aired their frustration over other incidents regarding ‘theft’ of public property. “Thieves routinely cut sandalwood trees even from high-security areas and stole one from Lalbagh! Bollards is chicken feed!” a person wrote.

Another user commented, “Should inscript ” stolen from tendersure” on them. Wont be visible to the pedestrian. But will lose worth for theft. Old fashioned idea from some restaurants in the 70’s.”

It can be recalled that a similar incident was reported from the same area in March 2018, when four bollards went missing. This is believed to have fuelled suspicion this time around too.

First published on: 06-11-2019 at 04:33:43 pm
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