One more Mysuru gang-rape accused arrested, another absconding

Bengaluru, Aug 31: One more accused in the Mysuru gang-rape case has been arrested by the police Monday night.

With this arrest, the total number of arrests in the case has been increased to six, police sources said on Tuesday.

The sixth accused was arrested in Tamil Nadu on the leads given by five accused who were arrested on August 28, the sources said.

In all, there are seven accused who committed the crime and the police are in search of him as well, sources further said.

Earlier, Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood had mentioned six accused in the case, but after interrogating the five arrested accused, the police came to know about seven accused, according to the sources.

All the accused are from Tamil Nadu and belong to a group of criminals who were involved in robbery and rape, sources said.

The accused are also involved in sandalwood smuggling, they added.

Among the six arrested people so far, one of them is a juvenile and all of them are labourers who came to Mysuru from Tiruppur to attend to their work as carpenters, drivers and painters.

The incident had taken place on August 24, between 7 pm to 8 pm. The rape victim has not given any complaint so far.

The police, however, initiated the investigation on the complaint filed by the rape victim’s male accomplice.

Based on scientific and technical data, the police had closed on the accused and arrested them.

One of the vital data was elicited from the mobile phone from which the accused had contacted male victim’s father demanding Rs 3 lakh ransom.

The police hopes to file the rape victim’s complaint once she comes out of the state of shock. Thereafter, the police expect to pursue further investigation into the matter.

As many as seven teams were formed to nab the accused.

On August 24, a student traveled with her male accomplice when a gang of six waylaid the victims who were on their bike at Lalitadripura near Chamundi Hills.

This incident had caused a huge uproar in not only Mysuru but the country.

It also created political rumblings with the Congress party in Karnataka alleging total failure of law and order. It also charged the police and state government for attempting to “close” the case by not registering 376 sections under the IPC.

The rape victim has returned to her resident city.

The male victim, in the FIR had alleged that he was waylaid and brutally assaulted. He saw the gang dragging the rape victim into the bush.

At the time, one of the accused hit him on his forehead with a stone and he fell unconscious.

The accused then called the male victim’s father asking for Rs 3 lakh ransom.

After coming back to senses, the male victim asked about his female accomplice, then the accused pulled her out of the bush and sat down next to him.

She was severely hurt and depressed.

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