Chikkamagaluru: Ganesh, Shashiraj, Ranjit, Sandeep, Rijesh, Avinash, Naveen, Sumant and Shrikant, all hailing from Guruvayanakere near Beltangady in DK district, were arrested by the Banakal police. They have been charged with drunken behaviour and assault on the occupants of a car at Jenukallu on the Charmadi ghat road.
Chandrashekhar, Vithal Shetty and Jayakumar of Honnekoppa near Khandya were on their way to their relatives’ house in Bantwal in their car. The group from Guruvayanakere was indulging in a drunken revelry at Jenukallu. They came in the way of the car from Honnekoppa.
On being questioned, the nine-member group began assaulting them. To escape from the miscreants they turned their car back towards Banakal. They were stopped again at Kotigehara and assaulted with beer bottles by the same 9-member group.
Jayakumar has sustained severe injuries in the head. Chandrashekhar has suffered minor injuries. Girish and Prasad, two residents of Banakal who tried to intervene and stop the assault, were also attacked and injured.
On receiving information, Banakal circle police inspector Jagadish arrived and arrested the nine persons. They were produced in a court, which sent them to judicial custody.