A 93-year-old man was kept in house-arrest since seven months by his sons in Bengaluru.
The incident came to light on Wednesday in Shakhambarinagar near Jaya Prakash Nagar, Bengaluru South.
The victim Ananthramaiah Shetty, who was snared in iron chains at the terrace of his three-storied house. He was kept under the water tank with grills coverning the space to confine him.
The victim has four sons, but nobody bothered to take his care and he was confined for the past seven months. Ananthramaiah used to stay with sons, Suresh Kumar and Girish Kumar. Suresh and Girish alleged that, they found it difficult look after Shetty as he is not clean and keeps shouting.
On Wednesday after getting a tip off from neigbours, deputy commissioner of police, south, H S Revanna visited the house and found Ananthramaiah lying beneath the water tank with hands and legs tied. Reportedly his left leg has no strength because of the heavy weight of the iron chain around it for seven months.
When police rescued him, the old man did not say anything, but he requested cops to shift him to an old age home.
"I can't live here”, he said.
Ananthramaiah was admitted to Victoria Hospital and later he was shifted to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Jayanagar. He was put under observation for 24 hours.
Speaking to the Media, deputy commissioner of police HS Revanna said that they have recorded Anantharamaiah's younger son Suresh Kumar’s statement and are waiting for Anantaiah’s statement to take legal action against his sons.
"Right now no complaint has been registered against Ananthaiah's sons, but we are waiting for him to recover and give the statement," Revanna said.
Anantharamaaiah was a grocery shopkeeper in Kalasipalya (Bengaluru central market area) till late 1990s. Ananthaiah has two daughters and four sons. Elder sons Venkatesh Kumar and Sanath Kumar lived separately as they had differences with younger siblings - Suresh Kumar and Girish Kumar.
Dr Kishore Kumtakar, Resident Medical Officer, Jayanagar General Hospital told media that he looks a little confused and is not able to answer any questions.
"He looked as if he has been starving for long. When we gave him food he ate normally.”
"All required tests are being done and a preliminary ECG test has shown that he had breathing and heart problem. We have sent him to Jayadeva Institute of Cardivascular Sciences and Research for opinion", said Dr Kumtakar.