Update: Main accused identified as Leno. Search on for the other two accused.
Bengaluru: Four persons, who were caught on camera, molesting and groping a woman in a lane in Bengaluru’s Kammanahalli while she was returning from a new year party were on Wednesday arrested by the city police. 10 suspects were detained eralier in this connection.
While one of the accused is a goods van driver, two are courier delivery men and another a B.Com student as part-time delivery boys for a restaurant, which the victim used to visit frequently. Investigations revealed that the accused used to deliver food to the victim’s home, whenever she ordered online.
They were also stalking her for the last one week.
The molestation case was filed Tuesday. In the purported CCTV footage, two men are seen molesting the woman, while five others looked on. The footage, which was aired on TV channels on Wednesday, showed the woman alighting from an auto-rickshaw at a cross road, getting accosted and then assaulted.
According to police, they analysed the footage and technical data, including mobile phone location, before detaining the seven. Analysis of the footage revealed that a female friend accompanied the woman when she alighted from the rickshaw. The friend then hurried off to their accommodation because she was unwell. The victim paid for the rickshaw ride and stepped into the street near her house alone before being assaulted.
Sources said a youth from Kammanahalli, who was picked up first, admitted during questioning that he and his friends were involved in the molestation.
“The girl, who is not from Bengaluru, is apprehensive about identifying them (accused). We will proceed with the case suo motu if needed. We have the evidence,’’ said a police source. Police is also trying to trace the victim through her mobile phone so that she can identify the accused. Her statement would need to be recorded, as it is crucial for further investigation. A team of women police is on the job.
The youths have been booked for attempted rape, molestation and robbery and are likely to be arrested by Thursday.