Bengaluru molestation: Four accused arrested, two more on the run in Kammanahalli case

Five days after the shocking New Year's Eve molestation case from Bengaluru's Kammanahalli area, police have nabbed four perpetrators and identified two more who are on the run.

The Bengaluru police also released the first images of one of the accused in the incident which were obtained by CNN-News18. The Bengaluru Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said that the accused were young boys from the same locality and had been stalking the woman since the past four or five days.


Ayappa, the main accused in the Bengaluru Kammanahalli molestation case. CNN-News18

On the developments of the case, Sood said that after the police appealed to the citizens to come out with any information that they may have on the molestation incidents, the victim's neighbour Prashant Francis came forward and reported that the incident was recorded on a CCTV camera he had installed in front of his house.

"We did not waste any time in contacting the victim or registering a complaint as the video evidence was enough to convince us that it was a clear case of molestation. We took suo motu cognisance of the case and launched a manhunt for the perpetrators," Sood said.

According to the police, the accused had been waiting for the woman on the fateful day and grabbed her as the victim was coming back from New Year's celebrations later in the night.

The main accused Ayappa, an ITI graduate has been arrested while three others who aided him in planning the crime have also been nabbed. The police denied any prior acquaintance between the victim and the perpetrators, stating that they only stayed in the same area.

The police further revealed that two of the arrested men, including the key accused worked as delivery boys, while one was a driver and another worked as a helper at a nearby store.

The case made news amid national outrage over a mass molestation incident in full public view on New Year's Eve in midtown in Bengaluru.

The victim, in this case, was groped and assaulted by two scooter-borne men near her home. The shocking incident was caught on camera.

The video footage that served as the primary evidence in the case showed two men accost a woman on a scooter, race past her and take a U-turn, only to park the vehicle, after which one of them jumps off and gropes her before escaping, even as bystanders watch without coming to her help.

One of the two men was first seen approaching the woman and forcing himself on her and dragging her to the scooter while the other person is seated on it, before pinning her down.

As the woman resists and tries to free herself from the clutches of the culprit, he pushes her down on the road and both escape from the scene, but not before the victim slaps the one who had grabbed her.

A resident with the CCTV footage brought the incident, which took place around 2.30 am on 1 January, to the notice of police.

Besides this, on late 31 December night, several women were molested and groped and lewd remarks passed by miscreants on MG Road and Brigade Road, despite the presence of 1,500 police personnel to control the unruly New Year revellers.

Updated Date: Jan 05, 2017 18:15 PM

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