Bengaluru News Highlights: Karnataka Opposition raises speculations over Santro Ravi’s arrest in Gujarat – The Indian Express

Bengaluru News Highlights, January 14, 2023: Opposition parties have raised questions over the arrest of alleged political fixer ‘Santro’ Ravi in Gujarat during Karnataka Home Minister Araga Jnanendra’s visit to the western state. The Congress said that the arrest when Jnanendra was visiting Gujarat was “definitely not a coincidence” and asked whether the two were together to destroy evidence. Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy claimed that Ravi was absconding in Pune, Maharashtra and was moved to Gujarat prior to his arrest.
On Friday, the Bengaluru Police arrested ‘Santro Ravi’, 51, a proclaimed offender and alleged political fixer with a history of human trafficking and prostitution cases. The arrest, over an assault case filed by a woman claiming to be his estranged wife, happened in Ahmedabad, far away from Bengaluru, where Ravi is at the centre of a political storm with the Opposition accusing the BJP government of transferring its officials at his behest.
In other news, The Karnataka High Court Friday decided to take up a suo motu public interest case over the Bengaluru Metro pillar collapse incident which led to the death of a woman and her child on January 10. Tejaswini, a 28-year-old software engineer, and her 2.5-year-old son had died after an under-construction pillar of the Bengaluru Metro fell on top of the motorcycle they were travelling in. Three officers of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) were suspended Wednesday in connection with the mishap.
 
 
The case against Ravi and his subsequent arrest triggered a political storm in Karnataka as photos of ministers with the outlaw were shared by Opposition parties.

The Congress and the JD(S) have questioned why the police had not yet registered cases over his role in alleged police transfers and were investigating only the assault case filed against him by his wife. Read More
The Horticulture department of Karnataka on Saturday announced that the 213th edition of Bengaluru’s annual flower show will begin on January  20 and go on till January 30 at the Lalbagh Botanical Garden. The 11 day flower show this year is themed around the city’s history and evolution.
“Despite vehement opposition, she held her ground and never hesitated to challenge patriarchy; her literary works are simple, hard-hitting and thought-provoking”. Variations of these are what you are likely to hear if you talk to activists, writers and readers about the late Sara Aboobacker. Read More


In a case widely seen as symptomatic of the deep rot of corruption in the police system in Karnataka, the state police have arrested K S Manjunath alias ‘Santro’ Ravi, a 51-year-old political fixer with a history of human trafficking and prostitution cases, after a 10-day hunt that ended in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on Friday morning. Read More


The tunnel gives an experience of the enigmatic world of the aquatic species.

While the kids find it fun to gaze at around 400 species of aquatic species, the adults were also time relaxing moving around the shopping stalls and eateries. 

The exotic species which include angelfish, clown fish, sea horses, box fish, cowfish, eels, wrasses and common marine life, some of which are not the usual sights can be seen here. It is said to be the largest aquarium with 24 chambers, nine medium-sized aquariums with marine and freshwater fish, 13 tiny caves lodging freshwater species, two large caverns housing marine fish and two caves housing marine fish. Four hundred different fish species are exhibited at the aquarium. These animals are kept in unique tanks, each with its own ecology. 



K S Manjunath alias ‘Santro’ Ravi’, accused of being the kingpin in human-trafficking and having links with politicians, has been brought to Mysuru and after completing procedures and preliminary inquiry, he will be produced before the court, police said Saturday.
He was arrested by the Karnataka police in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Friday. ‘Santro’ Ravi’, 51, has been arrested in connection with a case filed by his wife in Mysuru alleging she was drugged, raped and forced into marriage in 2019.
“As you are aware we had secured him yesterday, we brought him last night and reached here early this morning.. We have got him examined medically, now procedures and basic inquiry is on,” Mysuru police commissioner Ramesh Bhanot said. Speaking to reporters here, he said after subjecting him to inquiry once, considering the time, he will be produced before the judge. (PTI)
Lt Gen B S Raju, Vice Chief of Army Staff, visited HAL’s Helicopter and LCA Divisions Friday. During the visit, he flew the HAL-manufactured Light Combat Helicopter.

For 24 hours: Mainly clear sky. Shallow to moderate fog/mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 29 and 14 Degree Celsius respectively.
For 48 hours: Mainly clear sky. Shallow to moderate fog/mist is very likely during early morning hours in some areas. Maximum and minimum temperatures are very likely to be around 29 and 14 Degree Celsius respectively.
The Bengaluru police department has constituted a team consisting of members from the civil engineering department of IIT-Hyderabad to probe the collapse of the reinforcement cage near Hennur main road, which killed a mother and her child on January 10.
According to sources in the police department, the IIT-Hyderabad team has been roped in to investigate the technical aspects of the incident, based on which the police will initiate action against those responsible for the incident. A team of two professors from the civil engineering department, KVL Subramaniam and S Suriya Prakash, are in Bengaluru to investigate the cause of the accident.
However, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has already roped in professor Chandra Kishen from IISc, Bengaluru, to study and find out the cause of the reinforcement cage collapse. (Read more)
Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has reportedly flown back home to Bengaluru after feeling unwell.
 
According to various reports in the media, Dravid was unwell on Thursday during the second ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Kolkata but remained with the team.
The rest of the squad is set to travel to Thiruvananthapuram later for the third and final ODI. (Read more)
On Friday, the Bengaluru Police arrested ‘Santro Ravi’, 51, a proclaimed offender and alleged political fixer with a history of human trafficking and prostitution cases. The arrest, over an assault case filed by a woman claiming to be his estranged wife, happened in Ahmedabad, far away from Bengaluru, where Ravi is at the centre of a political storm with the Opposition accusing the BJP government of transferring its officials at his behest.
 
Last week, an audio recording of a conversation, purportedly between Ravi and a police officer seeking a transfer, had done the rounds, with Ravi allegedly promising to facilitate the transfer and boasting of his connections in the government. (Read more)
Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar, who was supposed to unveil the Adiyogi Shiva statue on January 15, has cancelled his visit to Karnataka. This comes two days after the Karnataka High Court directed Isha Yoga Centre to maintain status quo on the construction activities being carried out near Nandi Hills in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapura district.
Interestingly, the visit was cancelled although the court Friday allowed the foundation to proceed with the scheduled function of the unveiling of the statue.
In fact, Dhankhar was also scheduled to inaugurate the New Management Development Center (MDC) building of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore on January 15. (Read more)
Foundation stones were laid on Friday for installing statues of Bengaluru founder Nadaprabhu Kempegowda and 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara in front of Vidhana Soudha.

Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar, who was supposed to unveil the Adiyogi Shiva statue on January 15, has canceled his visit to Karnataka. This comes after the Karnataka High Court directed Isha Yoga Centre to maintain the status quo on construction activity being carried out near Nandi Hills in Karnataka’s Chikkaballapura district.
This Santro Ravi, alias K S Manjunath, who was arrested in a case of assaulting his wife by the Karnataka police on Friday, had reportedly changed his look while on the run. Take a look.

Santro Ravi, a political fixer involved in police transfers and accused of using police and political connections to frame his estranged wife in a dacoity case, has been arrested by the Karnataka police. Ravi who was named in a January 2 FIR by his estranged wife for allegedly assaulting her was reportedly arrested in Gujarat. The delay in the arrest of Santro Ravi and his alleged connections with Karnataka BJP ministers had triggered a political controversy in Karnataka.
The Karnataka High Court Friday allowed the Isha Yoga Centre’s Adiyogi statue to be inaugurated in Chikkaballapura district on January 15. However, it has ordered a status quo on the construction activities at the site.
On January 11, the court had ordered status quo following a public interest litigation against the construction alleging that it had violated various rules and laws related to forests and land acquisition.
On Friday, the advocate for the Isha Yoga Centre approached the division bench of Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale and Ashok S Kingai and submitted that the inauguration of the centre was scheduled for January 15 which will be attended by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and other dignitaries. 
The invitation regarding the inauguration was submitted to the court. The Isha Yoga Centre is installing a 112-ft statue of Adiyogi at Avalagurki in Chikkaballapura district. (PTI)
Foundation stones were laid on Friday for installing statues of Bengaluru founder Nadaprabhu Kempegowda and 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara in front of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of Karnataka legislature and secretariat here.
ಇಂದು ವಿಸ್ತಾರ ಮೀಡಿಯಾ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ವಿಧಾನಸೌಧದ ಬೃಹತ್ ಮೆಟ್ಟಿಲುಗಳ ಬಳಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ವಿವೇಕ ವಂದನೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿ, ಮಾತನಾಡಿದೆನು. pic.twitter.com/ne3GhaI3u7

The foundation stones were laid by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai in the presence of Legislative Assembly Speaker Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri, Legislative Council Chairman Basavaraj Horatti, former chief minister B S Yediyurappa, several ministers and legislators.
Seers of several prominent maths like Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur math, Vishwaprasanna Teertha of Pejavara math, Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji of Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana math, Siddalinga Mahaswami of Siddaganga math among others were present. (PTI)
A team of professors from IIT Hyderabad are inspecting the site of the metro pillar collapse in Bengaluru on Friday, reported the news agency ANI.
Bengaluru | A team of professors from IIT Hyderabad inspect the site where an under-construction Metro pillar collapsed on January 10, killing a woman and her child. pic.twitter.com/Ud8LQ20Ueh

“She saw the pillar falling and screamed. By the time I reacted, it had fallen on them.” A day after the collapse of an under-construction metro pillar in Bengaluru, civil engineer Lohith Kumar V Solake had pointed questions for the construction company and metro authorities, holding them responsible for the death of his wife Tejaswini and son Vihan.
Solake and Tejaswini, a 28-year-old software engineer, were on their way to drop off their two-year-old twins at a play school on Tuesday.
Solake was riding a bike with his daughter Vismitha behind him. Tejaswini was seated at the rear with Vihan in front of her. What happened next was a blur for Solake. “A bus was there on the other side and a biker next to me took an unusual cut to the left. At the same time, I heard Tejaswini screaming. It all happened in a fraction of second.” (Read more)
‘I will pay you Rs 1 crore. Can you bring back my daughter and grandson?’: Bengaluru Metro pillar collapse victim’s father
The father of the woman, who was killed along with her toddler son after a pillar at an under-construction site of the Bangalore Metro fell on them, Wednesday asked the Karnataka government to punish those responsible for the accident.
On Tuesday, software engineer Tejaswini, 28, and her son Vihan, 2.5, were killed after a pillar at an under-construction site of the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) fell on the motorcycle they were travelling on. She was heading to work with her husband Lohith Solake, and drop her daughter Vismitha and son Vihan at a playschool. Solake and Vismitha survived the accident.
bengaluru metro pillar victim latest news today An under-construction Metro pillar at the Nagawara station came crashing down near Hennur main road, killing Tejaswini and her son, Vihan, while her husband Lohith and daughter miraculously escaped unhurt.
The remarks of Madan, Tejaswini’s father, came after BMRCL announced a compensation of Rs 20 lakh and Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said Rs 10 lakh each will be given to the family of the deceased.
Speaking to the media, Madan said it is not about compensation. “I don’t need their compensation. I will pay them Rs 1 crore. Can the chief minister bring back my daughter and grandson’s lives? It is not about money. There was a clear lapse on part of BMRCL and contractor Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd (NCC),” he said. (Read more)
Bengaluru Metro’s never-ending tale of tragedy
A mother and her toddler son died after an under-construction Metro pillar collapsed in Bengaluru Tuesday. This is the latest incident in a series of accidents involving the ongoing Metro construction work in India’s IT capital.
In December 2020, Santosh Hansda, 21, who worked as a laborer with the BMRCL (Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited), died after a 16mm cable pierced his head. Santosh was assigned to cable stressing work and he was busy working on a 30 feet tall metro pillar when a wedge plate fell on the other side and put pressure on the machine.
The cable jutted out and pierced Santosh’s head. He was shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. In February 2020, Metro worker Srikakulam, 56, died while he was carrying out work related to the installation of an escalator at Pattanagere Metro station. He died after falling to the ground from the concourse level. (Read more)

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