Two groups of youths fought with each other using lethal weapons at a KSRTC bus stand in Hassan city, 185km from Bengaluru, even as hundreds of bystanders watched silently on Tuesday. One passenger even filmed the entire incident on his cellphone. As the video of the attack went viral on Wednesday, Hassan police swung into action and arrested three people. The cops were shocked at the public reaction as none of them tried to intervene nor did they call police. Hassan SP Rahul Kumar Shahpurwad said the two groups fought with each other for at least eight minutes. "However, the public didn't alert cops but stood there watching them fight," he told TOI. It was only after 10 minutes that cops got wind of the incident and rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to hospital, he stated. The officer said they arrested three youths and are looking for the other accused. Police have examined the video too.
It started at 4.35 pm at the KSRTC bus stand on Mysuru Road, when Sunil picked a quarrel with Dhanush of K Byadarahalli village. Sunil, who is from Vijayanagar, was in an inebriated condition and was with his friend Naveen. They questioned Dhanush about a girl and attacked him. They were strangers and had no previous enmity, police said.
Angered, Dhanush called up his elder brother Sudeep, who rushed to the spot with three friends and questioned Sunil. As they argued, Sunil stabbed Sudeep in the abdomen and tried to flee, when he was caught by the rival group and thrashed in full public view, police said. Though bleeding from his wound, Sudeep attacked Sunil and Naveen. KSRTC staff rushed to the spot and alerted police.
Police attached to KR Puram police station took Sunil and Sudeep into custody and rushed them to a government hospital, where they are undergoing treatment. A bystander was also injured in the incident, and admitted to hospital. All the youths involved are aged under 25.
The SP said on Wednesday, they arrested Sudeep's friends Ganesh and Hanumegowda, and Dhanush, while Naveen is absconding. "Sunil and Sudeep were charged and taken into custody. We will arrest them after they are discharged from hospital," he said. Police are examining the video shot by a passenger.