Bengaluru: Even as the victims of Hulimavu lake breach are busy picking up pieces of the shattered lives, the police are questioning three people in relation to the case. 

A preliminary investigation into the Hulimavu lake breach in Bengaluru revealed that a part of the lake bund was dug up to check an overflow that had resulted in water flowing into the premises of a temple, which eventually led to the mishap.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) assistant engineer Lingegowda filed a complaint with the Hulimavu Police, charging Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) assistant engineer Karthik with causing the lake breach.

Lingegowda stated in his complaint that another BBMP assistant engineer, Shilpa, who is in-charge of Hulimavu, had questioned Karthik about the work near the lake bund. Karthik told her that as the lake was full, water was flowing into a temple situated nearby. Next to the temple, the BWSSB had taken up Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) work as well.

He told Shilpa that residents had requested him to let out the lake water. But Shilpa said she will inspect the spot and asked him to submit a written request.

Lingegowda added in the complaint that after the lake breach, he had visited the spot and noticed that someone had dug up the lake bund to allow the water to flow out. He suspected that the BWSSB, which was carrying out the STP work had caused it. He said workers employed by Karthik might have demolished the bund, leading to the breach and subsequent flooding of about 1,500 houses in the area.

“We have detained Karthik and two others for questioning,” said a senior police officer.

Isha Pant, DCP (Southeast), said, “We are yet to make any arrests in the case as it is not yet clear who was responsible for the flooding. We are on the lookout for a person who used an excavator to dig up the bund area.”

BWSSB chairperson Tushar Girinath however refused to comment on the FIR when questioned by media. “The BWSSB cannot work outside its premises. That work will not benefit us anyway. The place where the incident occurred belongs to a different civic body. Somebody would have given a different contract to the same agency hired by us earlier. Our contract does not involve bund work,” he said.