Karnataka: Japanese man trying to expose cop sent to detention centre | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A 31-year-old Japanese national who stole a plastic chair from an ACP’s office so that he could get arrested and stay back in the country to expose an allegedly corrupt police officer has been packed off to the detention centre for illegal immigrants on the city’s outskirts.
Hirtoshi Tanaka may not get a chance to fight the case he has filed against the cop in Karnataka State Human Rights Commission as he would be deported, police sources said.
Tanaka, who had to leave the country on February 28 as his visa had expired, stole a chair from the office of JC Nagar ACP late Saturday midnight, hoping he would be arrested and get an opportunity to stay back in the county. He had told TOI last week that he is determined to expose the corrupt cop who had demanded bribe from him and foisted a false case against him.
According to police sources, Tanaka was on Wednesday summoned by Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) after north division police filed a report seeking his deportation. He was taken to the detention centre at a short notice, said the sources.
“We submitted a report to FRRO saying he was illegally staying in the country and had committed offences. After listening to cops and his version, FRRO ordered that he be sent to the detention centre,” said DCP (north) Dharmender Kumar Meena.
Tanaka is presently at the detention centre near Nelamangala. While the commission has sought a report from north division police about the allegations made by Tanaka, the cops are ready to do so without even taking a statement from him. They claimed he never turned up though he was asked several times to come and give his statement against the officer. Tanaka had told TOI he was summoned only once but it was postponed, citing busy schedule.
Tanaka, a Japanese student, came to Bengaluru in 2019 to learn English. He 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 an FIR was registered against him and police arrested him. After spending 10 days at Parappana Agrahara (Central Prison), he was released on bail.
He approached the high court, which quashed the case against him in November 2020. Tanaka says his intention was not just to get a 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.

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