Bengaluru: A movie theatre maintenance staff got his finger cut off when he refused to arrange tickets for the much-awaited Yash-starrer “KGF”. The person accused of the assault was allegedly trying to get the tickets so he could sell them on the release day at inflated prices. The incident occurred on December 17 at around 6 PM at the Veeresh Theatre in MC Layout, Magadi Road.
The accused has been identified as Ramesh R (39), a resident of JJ Nagar on Mysuru Road and the injured is A Aravind, who has been a staff at the theatre for the past 11 years.
It is learnt that Ramesh, in an inebriated state, approached Aravind at the theatre and demanded that he arrange tickets for him to sell later. After verbally abusing Aravind, who managed to make him go away, Ramesh came back and began to assault the former. He then drew a knife, cutting Aravind’s left ring finger in the process.
The injured Aravind was rescued by his colleagues, who were alerted by his screams, and was rushed to a hospital where he is receiving treatment.
The theatre staff also alerted the Vijayanagar police, who rushed to the spot and gathered eyewitness statements. They soon began a search for Ramesh, who had fled by that time. The police finally traced Ramesh and caught him after a short chase. He was booked for attempt to murder as well as other crimes, produced before the magistrate and remanded to judicial custody.
In a statement to the police, however, Ramesh said that Aravind and he were old friends and they had a financial dispute. He denied demanding movie tickets from Aravind in the said statement.