Youngsters dressing up as ghosts and other scary characters is now common on Halloween, but everything has its limit. Push things too far, and you’ll land up in jail. And that is exactly where seven youngsters from Bangalore found themselves at. These youth gave an autorickshaw driver the scare of his life by dressing up as ghosts and blocking his way in the middle of the night. They also scared many other motorists and pavement dwellers, and made videos of these pranks. The autorickshaw driver reported this incident to the Beat Constable, who then escalated the matter. CCTV footage was examined, and these youngsters were arrested by the cops. As per TheNewsMinute, this incident happened at 2 AM in Sharifnagar, near Yashwantpur.
Here’s what Sashikumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police – Bangalore North, had to say about the incident,
The auto driver was scared. He initially said that there were ghosts on the road. Soon after he complained, several other commuters too complained of a few youths who were pranking commuters. We arrested seven men later in the day after obtaining some CCTV footage. The boys were trying to pull pranks. They are young and wanted to have some fun but scaring people and causing mischief is illegal and since the auto driver filed a complaint, we had to take action. They procured station bail and have been let off since the offences are bailable.
The seven youngsters – Shaan Nallik (22), Nived (20), Sajeel Mohammed (21), Mohammed Akhyub (20), Saakhib (20), Syed Nabeel (20) and Yousef Ahmed (20) – have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code – 341 (wrongful restraint), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention). This is a a prank that’s went really badly for these youngsters, and one that they won’t forget for the rest of their lives.
In the past, there have been multiple instances of people dressing up as ghosts and scaring motorists on Indian roads. However, none of the people who got pranked went to the cops, and this meant that the people dressed up as ghosts didn’t face police action. Such pranks, while being funny, can cause loss of vehicular control, and lead to accidents. While they may seem funny to most, they’re best avoided given the damage they can cause if someone loses control over a car, truck, autorickshaw, or motorcycle. Also, the ones involved in pranking others could get run over by vehicles.