Express press service
BENGALURU: A 38-year-old Australian, CEO of two Sydney-based companies and visiting Bengaluru for the first time trying to set up backend offices, was allegedly attacked and robbed near Manyata Tech Park around 2.30am on Thursday. The victim, Aso Hamzehei, was assaulted and assaulted by four defendants. Three of them had pretended to come to his aid after he ran into trouble checking out the Fortune Inn hotel where he had been staying since May 23.
Hamzehei claims to have lost three bags, electronic gadgets, mobile phones, a wallet and other valuables worth Rs 1.8 lakh. However, his backpack with documents and passport is safe, police said. Hamzehei said he came to Bengaluru on May 23 and checked into Fortune Inn. The hotel management, which previously accepted online payments, later insisted that its bills be paid in cash, he added.
“I approached a multinational bank to open an account and the bank staff said it would take 45 days. The problems started because I couldn’t pay the hotel bills in cash. The day of the incident , I came back to the hotel from a co-working space and was asked to leave the room or stay paying cash, it was around 2:30 a.m. There were five hotel employees.
Three others who were inside the hotel, under the guise of helping me, took me to the back of the hotel. Another person joined them. They attacked and robbed me,” he said. He then walked to the nearby KG Halli police station, but was ordered to approach Govindapura police station.
“The police were of no help. They told me that they had arrested three people, which is not true. The complaint was registered almost 14 hours after the incident. The police do not collects no CCTV footage and tries to cover it up,” he said.
DCP (East) Bheemashankar Guled said: “One case was registered and all evidence including CCTV footage was collected on the same day. A defendant who is a former offender, Syed Imran, was taken to safety early Saturday morning. “Police recorded statements from hotel staff and also arrested a few of them as they were seen assaulting Hamzehei in the CCTV footage.
Fortune Inn Manager Jayaram said: “The stranger hasn’t paid the bills for the last 13 days. He suddenly came in the wee hours to ask to check. When the staff didn’t allow it, there was a fight. Three men offered to help her and take her to the police station. He sat down on their two-wheeler and drove off. Later, when the police came to check the CCTV footage of our hotel, we learned that it had been broken into.