Kannada actress Harshika Poonacha attacked by mob in Bengaluru, urges CM to act

Bengaluru, Apr 20 (IANS): Popular Kannada actress Harshika Poonacha said on Friday that she is afraid to step outside in the streets of Bengaluru after her family was attacked by a mob for speaking in Kannada and appealed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and the Karnataka Police to take strict action against the miscreants involved in the incident.

Senior BJP leader and Opposition leader, R. Ashoka, on Friday criticised the Congress government over the incident and said that "politics of appeasement" is leading to such incidents in the state.

The actress had posted a video of the entire incident and said that she will raise her voice for other women or families facing such similar incidents in the state.

A mob of 20 to 30 persons said that they have to teach a lesson to those who speak in Kannada language, Harshika said.

"No one has the right to create ruckus with the people who are peacefully conducting themselves. After going through the trauma it occurred to me that whether we are living in countries like Pakistan or Afghanistan? Is it wrong to speak in the local Kannada language? How safe are we in our city? Do I have to hush up this incident which is going to cause trauma for a long period?" she asked.

Her social media post said, "Dear all, after a lot of thought I have decided to share a horrifying experience I had in Namma Bengaluru a couple of days ago."

"I was having a casual dinner with my family on a late evening in a restaurant called "Karama" in the Mosque Road, Pulikeshi Nagar near Frazer town area a couple of days ago in Bengaluru. When we were about to move out of the restaurant, two men suddenly appeared near the driver's seat window and started arguing that the vehicle is very big and if moved suddenly it could touch them," she added.

"They (the mob) were saying these Kannada people should be taught a lesson and even tried to hit my husband on the face. Within a few minutes a mob of 20 to 30 members of the same gang gathered and two of them grabbed my husband's gold chain and snatched it so hard that it came off and then they tried pulling it towards them in a very skilled manner. My husband realised this on time and quickly held on to it and gave it to me," Harshika said.

"By this time this entire mob was so agitated that they could not get their hands on the gold chain and other valuables that they started damaging my vehicle and trying to physically abuse me and my husband by saying made up things like we scolded them and that did not even make sense to us or anybody around. My husband did not react because there were women and family in our vehicle," she added.

"After I made an emergency call to the Police Inspector whom we knew, the mob disappeared. We saw the police beat the vehicle and explained our ordeal to Assistant Sub-Inspector Umesh. He did not show any interest and asked us to speak to senior police officers," she said.






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  • Roland, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    It’s a handy work of the north Indians. They are a nuisance for the entire south india. They need to be kicked out from the south.

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  • Shobakka, Udupi

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    There will be zero investigation against his brothers. People of our state will give befitting reply through Lok Sabha election. wait and see

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  • Ananda Moorthi., Thokkottu,575017.

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    This Girl is Needed Publicity.Last time during Pandemic also she done some Dramabaji.No Films.No New Cars.Her Cousin Rashmika Earning in CRORES.

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  • Johnny, Kaup

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Kumar,Just check the incident video in YouTube, you will know, that area..is full of pieceful community ppl😲.

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  • Malinga, Mangaluru

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    The address of the restaurant itself says much about the incidence!

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Most of the time police is hand in glove with these anti social goondas who try to extort money and valuables from unsuspecting motorists by making some frivolous claims . Bangalore has become a very dangerous city

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  • Alphonso Dsouza, Mumbai

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Madam please go back to Coorg and canvas there. Dont go to Bangalore, there are locals there to take care.

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  • M.Mathias, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    For easy publicity, no FIR filed by them.

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    In the making.... South Indian Kangana..., after eating at KARAMA. Restaurant..., Jatka menu variant/version venue would have been better....!!!!,....KarNATAKA dalli niranthara Dombarata ...!!!! last few shows.... till 26th Apr... lol

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  • Vinod S Pai, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    If u do vote bank politics for one particular community and support whatever they do this will happen

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    There are thousands of customers visit the famous dining area of Frazer Town. Not just Muslims but of all communities including elite class.. Never had any such instances ever before... Ek haath se thaali nahi bhajti... Definitely there is other reason behind such incident.. After hearing one side story people started jumping into conclusion.... The area where she went to dine is not any third grade area, its one of the posh area of Bangalore and famous for dining.... Dont jump into conclusion... It's an election time everybody wanna take advantage with twisted news...

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  • Johnny, Bangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Just gimmick by this lady saying mob attacked them for talking in Kannada , this is road rage, she want some how escalate this to all by language bias KANNADA incident

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  • Khabib, Karkala

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    She need media attention

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  • Sikander Bakth, DxB

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Attacked for speaking Kannada in Bangalore? this is something very strange. Where are our Kannada organizations!

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  • ca girishkk, valencia/m'lore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    I only pray that Lord Brahma give wisdom to the people - who read & also those who react, above all those who engage in such deeds must also know & introspect themselves.... why they are doing & for what...????? all else being the same ...why these kinds of incidents popping up during election...????? I need one chai.... Table No. 420..., (sans gutter gas) The real question of the day is why only 400... why not 420...? on a lighter note though...

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    lop ashoka and gang trying their best to portray the excellent administration of Lord Siddaraya in poor light...bechaara people they know that nothing will work against the success of guarantees given by Congress....

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  • Rahul, MANGALORE

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Next KANGANA Ranauat. Publicity stunt. ASHOKA is ready to open his dirty mouth. competition inbetween BJP thugs who response first. when Operation Lotus not works & dirty trick no-2 starts.

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  • Shekhar Umesh Shetty, Namma Kudla

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Looks like IT cell paid her to fabricate the stories, the video that is in the social media doesn't seems to be of the location they claim to be. maybe CT Ravi paid them?

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Just a simple road rage being blown out of proportion to create more hatred and used for political desperation. If we see all crimes with the prism of religion, then already rotten society will rot more and create a divide. When she said names of country like Pak and Afghanistan only we can understand their mentality and graduation from which university ( watsapp). That aside, police must take action on the people who created the road rage. The mob they were calling were perhaps just bystanders

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  • nitin shetty, bangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    publicity stunt by this lady during election season to get vote.

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  • Thekkumuri Vasu, Guruvayupoor

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    This story has no head or tail, actress trying to get some publicity. Every statement of hers is contradictory and has absolutely no relevance to the heading. I cannot understand why the CM has been pulled into this, election time sandalwood masala trailer, soon Loose mouth Ashoka will add to this and ask CM to resign. What a Joker

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  • Sanjay Shenoy, Mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Bangalore is in danger ?

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  • Prakash, Manipal

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Lucky for them that they were saved by the presence of mind of a member of the crowd who told them repeatedly to leave the place immediately... Always our behavior in a mob situation has to be moderate... It seems the initial altercations were rude from the actor's family... Nowadays people don't care for anyone's money or fame... Public behavior holds the key....

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  • gm, mlure

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    Look like cooked story and may be a film. 30 people gang snatched a chain but they were not successful.

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  • srj, mangalore

    Sat, Apr 20 2024

    when there is no fear of law and order, such things happen. Are we staring at becoming a banana republic

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