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Man Disguises Under The Burqa To Avail Free Bus Ride Under ‘Shakti Scheme’

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A 58-year-old man named Veerabadraiah Hiremath was caught at Samshi Bus Stand in Kundgol taluk of Dharwad district following observations made by bystanders on Thursday.

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ಅವಳಲ್ಲ.. ಅವನು': ಬುರ್ಖಾ ತೊಟ್ಟು ಉಚಿತ ಪ್ರಯಾಣ?, ಬಸ್ ನಿಲ್ದಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿಬಿದ್ದ  ಪುರುಷ!- Kannada Prabha

Source: Kannada Prabha

Veerabadraiah informed the police that he originated from Sidahi taluk and had taken a bus from Bengaluru to Kundgol. He stated that he wore a burqa to beg, but his account failed to convince those who accused him of intending to obtain a complimentary bus ticket. The arrest took place after individuals present at the bus stop became suspicious of his presence and promptly informed the police. 

Shakti' for women: Free bus travel scheme rolled out in Karnataka - The  Hindu

Source: The Hindu

However, law enforcement officers noted that the man appeared to be mentally unstable. Additionally, multiple media reports revealed that the man had a photocopy of a woman’s Aadhaar card in his possession. Authorities were uncertain whether the man had worn the burqa to take advantage of the free bus ride offered to women under the Shakti scheme.

A search was conducted, leading to the discovery of an Aadhaar card with a woman’s details. Witnesses claimed to have seen the man arriving from Laxmeshwar in Gadag district. 

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