Bengaluru: Japanese steals cop’s chair for ‘clean chit’ | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Foisted with a case that was quashed later by the Karnataka high court, a 31-year-old Japanese man stole a plastic chair from the office of the JC Nagar assistant commissioner of police (ACP) in RT Nagar past Saturday midnight, took selfies of his “crime” and took the “booty” to his BTM Layout home. The reason: He wanted to expose the cop as the authorities had asked him to leave the country by February 28, and he thought the best way to stay back in India was to get arrested.
Hirotoshi Tanaka, a Japanese student, came to Bengaluru in 2019 to learn English. Later, he was confined after a ‘false’ case was filed against him. The high court quashed the FIR against him, but the FRRO (Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office) set February 28 as deadline for him to exit India.

Tanaka says he wants to exit with dignity. The son of a retired Japanese cop is now demanding that the cops arrest him, but police are yet to file a complaint.
I ’m not in a position to afford my stay in India. I need medicines, and it takes about Rs 30,000 every month to meet my expenses. It would be better for me to fight from prison so that I get food and medicines free,” says Tanaka.

A spokesperson of Consulate-General of Japan said, “We are aware Tanaka is a Japanese national who is staying here. As the matter pertains to the individual himself, we would like to refrain from commenting.”
A few days after landing in Bengaluru, Tanaka had an argument with a man and allegedly assaulted him. Though he was asked to give a written apology, police allegedly demanded bribe from him to ‘close’ the matter. A week later, he was told that an FIR was registered against him and police arrested him. After spending 10 days at Parappana Agrahara central prison, he was released on bail.
Tanaka approached the high court, which quashed the case against him in November 2020
Had this episode not unfolded, Tanaka would have joinedhis parents in Tokyo in early March 2020. But the criminal case against him forced him to stay back. “I’ve borrowed money from friends and live in a hostel in BTM Layout,” he says.
However, Tanaka’s intentions were not just to get clean chit from the court but to show he turned out to be the victim in the episode. In December 2020, he filed a complaint before Karnataka State Human Rights Commission against then RT Nagar police sub-inspector Hanumantharayappa (now retired) for demanding bribe. “I could have got back to my country after the high court quashed the case. But I want to fight the human rights case and show the true colours of this corrupt officer and show how the cops labelled me as a ‘criminal’,” he says. “I want the police department to bear my traveling expenses and punish the corrupt official,” he says.

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