Bengaluru violence: Family of 5 hid inside toilet for 3 hours to escape mob | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Fearing for their lives, a family, including two boys aged four and six, hid inside a toilet in their home in Kavalbyrasandra for nearly three hours while a mob vandalised their house and vehicles on Tuesday night.
At 7.30pm, A Robin, a washing machine mechanic, and Sharmila were at the first floor of their home on 7th Cross in Nagamma Layout when they saw over 100 men attacking the house of their neighbour Naveen, whose derogatory post led to the violence. They have been residing on lease since December on the first floor of the adjoining building which belongs to Naveen’s brother Harsha.
“People were shouting that the MLA’s relative resides on the top floor of our building and rushed towards us. That’s when my wife, mother, two children and I locked ourselves inside our tiny bathroom,” Robin recalled.
His aunt Malarmathi, who stays across the road, could only watch the horrific moments from her window as the rioters dragged out Sharmila’s scooter and set it ablaze. Harsha’s car was already up in flames.
“I gathered my guts and begged them to spare the scooter as we are all poor people who are just tenants in the building. But the men threatened to set me on fire,” Malarmathi said.
The mob kept swelling in numbers and some men entered the couple’s home after breaking open the door. “The mob toppled our fridge, broke the furniture and desecrated our puja space. After they left, our aunty came running to our home. That is when we got out of the bathroom. My elder son had vomited and collapsed in fear,” Sharmila said.
The rioters ransacked the neighbour’s home as well. They allegedly took away gold, cash and other valuables from these homes.

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