Bagalkot: Villagers pour out anger against thieves on Australian citizen


Daijiworld Media Network - Bagalkot (SP)

Bagalkot, Nov 20: The villagers of Konkanakoppa in Badami taluk in the district were feeling helpless and agitated over a series of thefts that had taken place in the area since the last three months. It is said that they believed an Australian citizen, Williams K James, who came to their village on Monday November 18 night to be a thief and manhandled him.

During August this year, the village had seen thefts in five households within the gap of a week. The thieves had taken away cash, gold ornaments etc besides two goats. The thieves remained untraced and the villagers used to treat strangers suspiciously, it is said. The villagers had arranged night patrol by voluntary groups but they failed to find the thief.

It is said that Williams, who bought a ticket from Badami to Bagalkot at 9 pm on Monday got down at Konkanakoppa, directly went into the village, and hid himself near the roof of a house. A boy who saw him hiding at night shouted for help. The women rushed there. When Williams tried to push his way through them, some women were hurt. The villagers tied him up to an electric pole. Some villagers informed police who took away the injured foreigner, the locals said.

The police took away eight men for questioning, while women shifted base to houses of relatives by locking their houses.

It is said that Williams from Melbourne had undertaken tour of India alone since September 27. He had arrived at Badami from Kochi, Kerala and began to stay at Bagalkot, it is learnt.

  

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  • Rational thinker, MANGALURU

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    I am shocked to hear this inhuman and barbaric incident that too in a so called a civilized state.
    This is to prove beyond doubt how uncivilized, primitive and corrupt people we Indians are!
    No basic humanity, understanding, sympathy, decency or ethics, just mob mentality.
    It's utter shame that we can never call ourselves a democracy or civilized people in present times.
    When Indians are attacked outside we raise a big hue and cry and blow it out of proportion.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    It looks as if Bagalkot was without any criminality till a Australier arrived.One should first catch hold of a thief red handed by theft.Did they found any Goats meat or bones ?How he will eat two goats within few days.?

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Thu, Nov 21 2019

    He could very well sell it.

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  • Matin, Goa

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Mera Desh Badal raha hai

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  • A A, Dubai/ Udupi

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Adani's billion dollar coal processing plant in Australia might get affected because of these villagers stupidity, if Australian govt takes up this case with indian authorities and make it International issue...... I think he is a khangress spy to destroy the business deal.

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  • Sunil Pinto, Dubai/ Udupi

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Why would an Australian steal goats?
    I also doubt bagalkot buggers can understand his Aussie english. He might have said to them "I came today"..and they would have misunderstood as "I came to die" and so thrashed him.

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  • Anand Kumar, Mangalore/Dubai

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    My guess is that the Aussie was drunk or on drugs. Why would he go near the roof of a strange house otherwise. Only drunken or drugged people would do that.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Indians are richer....................
    Because of corruption and black money

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  • Derek, Boston

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    and do not pay Income Tax!!!

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  • G M Hegde, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Got down from a bus at dark, entered a village & hid himself under a roof... Imagine the fate of an Indian who would dare to do this abroad. In US blacks get shot for staring at houses. He could have knocked on a door & requested for shelter & hospitality, people wud have been more than happy to oblige

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  • Lenson, Udupi/Africa

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Today first time I am feeling Indians are more richer than whites.

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    What could have been his fate if any Cow was missing in that area of late ???

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    These unpad villagers may not be knowing that there thousands of Indians employed/settled and are enjoying life in a host country (Australia)
    These type of silly, irrational attitude towards a citizen of Australia may trigger bad retaliation towards Indian community and it's quite natural to react as a tit for tat.

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Poor guy, He was at the wrong place @ the wrong time.

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  • S Shetty, Tulunad

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    What Ever happened with this chap is bad, totally bad.

    This incident reminds me of one Indian techie got killed in Australia, thank god he is alive.

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  • suhail, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Lack of education and lack of hygienic living standards , makes mental week, cant blame the villagers or foreigner, it's our own corrupt political and their powers and week law system lead India back to 18BC

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  • CHRISTINE, MANGALORE

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Our police are little lazy.

    People have no business. No income. Prices are high.

    These case will be common hereafter in India.

    Thieves are close neighbours one who smiles at day time do these things at night.

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  • Rupesh, Mumbai/ Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    NDTV reported that Australian misbehaved with women in a village in drunken state. Reality is totally different. Poor tourist.

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Mob mentality is gripping India. No surprise....

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  • Flavian, Mangaluru/Kuwait

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    The Villagers caught and manhandled William on suspicion.
    First of all the robbery was going one since three months (gold, cash including goats) and William reaches their village on 18th November. Why he should steal goats ? These types of robberies are
    usually done by some local guys. Poor fellow got the awards of life time for touring India.
    Police must investigate and find out the facts and if found innocent they must penalize the culprits for their in human action on a tourist.

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  • abdul munim, mangaluru

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    The westerners are still discovering things and are not scared to roam around in a world that is so hostile and risky.
    As a Mangalorean, I will never dare to visit places in Northern Karnataka, where even for me the language would be a barrier (I hardly understand the security guy from Bijapur in my apartment building, who speaks ghatta kannada). Any misunderstanding and one will end up like this.

    Lucky that he was not lynched as lynching has become common after 2014
    Best is just enjoy in your own locality but with caution there too.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Here there is communication gap.Here the villagers couldn't understand what he was saying and vice versa the Australian guy to the villagers.Both really struggled to communicate each other.Poor Australian guy thinking in his mind why did I land here.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Only One Person has to be blamed ...

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Nehru or FEKHU???

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Nehru was a Freedom Fighter ...

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  • Jaimini P.B., Manipal,Sharjah

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Question is.... why did Aussie man hide near the roof of a house?

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  • Sompa, Kodi, Bengre

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Only swach bharat without toilets.. poor chap may be downloading the data hiding. Otherwise why one will go to Badami for heaven sake to seal from Kochi on of the richest place.

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  • Dinesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    He came to India to search Ache Din.....

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  • SBM, Mangalore

    Wed, Nov 20 2019

    Athithi Devo Bhava...

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