Loan refused, a man from Karnataka sets fire to a bank; But Twist in Tale emerges

Haveri: A man, upset by the rejection of his loan application, allegedly poured gasoline into a bank and set it on fire in the village of Hedigonda, near Byadagi taluk, in the district of Haveri, Karnataka, late Saturday night. Police said Wasim Akram Mulla, a resident of Rattihalli, was arrested in connection with the bank fire. He was grabbed by the villagers as he was fleeing after setting the bank on fire in the wee hours of Sunday.Also read – Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai tests positive for COVID “with mild symptoms”

However, the incident took a turn with villagers alleging insider roles in the bank fire. Preliminary investigations revealed that this was a planned act aimed at destroying documents. Wasim reportedly told police he set the bank on fire after being denied a loan, but villagers suspect the bank’s insider role. Also Read – Karnataka SSLC Exam 2022: KSEEB Announces Main Class 10 Exam Dates. Check Full Schedule Here

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Computers, CCTV cameras, documents and furniture in the bank were reduced to ashes in the incident. Firefighters who rushed to the scene extinguished the blaze and prevented it from spreading.

The accused, who came by bicycle, had poured gasoline after breaking the windows of the bank before setting it on fire. The villagers saw smoke rising from the riverbank and rushed to the spot. They saw Wasim run away. When they tried to stop him, he allegedly threatened them with a knife. Somehow, the villagers grabbed him and handed him over to the police. Kaginele police recorded the villagers’ statements and opened an investigation.

(With contributions from the agency)