news Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 05:30

Bengaluru’s “nail collector” is a worried man again. For a while, nails ceased to be scattered on a road in the city making it safe for motorists, but they are back again and police appear to be clueless on how to solve the problem. For the last few days IT professional Benedict Jebakumar has been tirelessly nails off a road in Bengaluru and bringing it to the attention of the police, who he says, are not acting strongly enough. After being a victim of nails deliberately scattered on Outer Ring Road on the stretch after Silk Board Junction near Agara lake in 2012, Jebakumar has been diligently cleaning up the nails in order to protect people from the same problem. He says that for some time, the problem appeared to have ended, but in the last few days, he has found numerous nails, prompting him to bring it to the notice of the police. Read: Five kilos of nails in three years: This man's 'hobby' has saved Bengaluru from many tyre punctures He has regularly brought this to the attention of the police by posting his findings on his Facebook page, “My road, My responsibility”.  He often tags the Facebook pages of the Bengaluru City Police and the traffic police in a bid to alert them of the menace. However, save a call or two since then, Benedict mostly receives a standard response on Facebook thanking him for notifying them and informing him that the complaint had been forwarded to the authorities concerned for further action. Last Friday, a Madiwala Inspector had called him to enquire about the location where nails were frequently found. However, he doesn’t know what action was taken on the information he provided. Last September, the city police had arrested one person suspected to be behind the nail menace. In March this year, they caught another person red-handed. The menace, however, has not ceased. Speaking to The News Minute, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of the South-East division Rohini K Sepat said that they were aware of the issue and were in touch with Jebakumar. She said that two people had been arrested in connection with the nail menace in the last two months. “We suspect that this is being carried out by tyre puncture shop owners and we have closed down illegal tyre puncture shops in this stretch,” she said. However, since this was a recurring problem, the police needed time to figure out a way to put an end to it, she added.

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