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Two gym teachers involved in Bangalore school rape arrested, police now say skating instructor not behind crime

The series of incidents has sparked a public outrage and protests which had spilled into the streets. (Source: PTI) People came out in large numbers to protest against the rape of a six-year-old child at the elite Vibgyor High School in Bangalore. (Source: PTI)
Express News Service | Bangalore | Posted: July 29, 2014 2:40 pm | Updated: July 29, 2014 9:13 pm

Days after the rape of a six-year-old child at the elite Vibgyor High School here triggered outrage and massive protests in Bangalore, police on Tuesday arrested two gym instructors at the school but ruled out the involvement of a skating instructor who had earlier been arrested.

The police identified the two gym instructors as Waseem Pasha and Lalgiri and said they were the perpetrators of the sexual assault that occurred two weeks ago.

The police had on July 20 arrested a skating instructor at the school, Mohammed Mustafa, on the basis of child pornography videos found on his laptop. The arrest of the 30-year-old occurred amid massive protests over the failure of the police to arrest anybody for the rape that took place in the school premises during school hours.

On Tuesday, Bangalore’s new Police Commissioner M N Reddi announced that following extensive investigations, including analysis of the child’s version with the help of experts, it emerged that gym instructors Pasha and Lalgiri were the actual perpetrators of the crime.

“A child’s version of things that occurred is not usually as clear as that of adults. We handled the child sensitively with the help of experts to glean information about the crime and the new arrests were made on that basis,” Reddi said at a press conference.

He said Mustafa had not been found to have been involved in the sexual assault but he will be booked for allegations of misbehavior at a previous school where he worked. The allegations that the skating instructor had misbehaved while he was at the Deens Academy school — more than two years ago — emerged following his arrest in the Vibgyor case.

Police sources said Pasha and Lalgiri were initially among the prime suspects since they were normally present in the gym area where the child was allegedly attacked. A medical test had been conducted earlier on Pasha but had not thrown up leads, the sources said. The focus of the investigations got diverted to Mustafa after parents and public staged massive protests against the school management and the police. The police arrested Mustafa and claimed that the presence of child porn on his laptop was an indication of his bent of mind.

The alleged rape at the Vibgyor High rocked Bangalore after the parents of the child lodged a police complaint on July 14 after the school management refused to respond to their concerns. In her complaint, the child’s mother had indicated that the alleged incident occurred on July 2 and that two persons were involved. A medical examination of the child also revealed sexual assault.

Police sources said on Tuesday that the incident may not have occurred on the day mentioned in the complaint but continued…

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