7 youngsters in Bengaluru’s Sharifnagar, Yeshwanthpur had the habit of pranking passers-by of that region who commute at late hours. The youth dressed themselves as ghosts and in phantom outfits and makeups and pulled pranks on riders between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m.
One of them captured the pranks in footage to upload it and ‘get likes in a social media site’; reported media source. They pranked cab drivers who were asleep inside the car they had parked in the sides, bike riders and walkers at late night. They even shocked a person sleeping on the streets by pretending to bite another sleeping street dweller (who was also an accomplice). An auto driver who was terrorized by these boys made a compliant with the police. Following him, many filed complaints.
The police started their investigation and nailed the pranksters red-handed. It was found that the 7 of them – Shaan Nallik (22), Nived (20), Sajeed Mohammed (21), Mohammed Akhyub (20), Saakhib (20), Syed Nabeel (20) and Yousuf Ahmed (20) are students. They have been booked under sections 341 (wrongful restraints), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation). They were later granted bail as the offence is bailable.
Social media stardom has become a craze now and it is so contagious that everyone wants to show their skills on a digital platform. Pranks that come at the cost of other’s tranquility should be penalized legally.