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Bengaluru: Seven held for alleged rape, torture of woman after video goes viral in northeast

The arrests were made after a video clip of the purported incident went viral on social media in Assam.

Written by Darshan Devaiah BP | Bengaluru |
Updated: May 29, 2021 11:18:15 am
The incident is likely to have taken place last week

The Bengaluru police on Thursday arrested seven persons, including two women, in connection with a case of alleged rape and torture of a woman in Ramamurthy Nagar. The arrests were made after a video clip of the purported incident went viral on social media in Assam. The police believe the accused and the victim are Bangladesh nationals.

“As per the information revealed so far, all of them are part of the same group and believed to be from Bangladesh. Due to financial differences, the culprits brutalised the victim, who is also said to be a Bangladeshi and was brought to India for human trafficking,” a senior police official said, adding that the incident may have taken place last week.

After the video surfaced on social media, the Assam police tweeted about the incident and even promised a reward to anyone who could provide information on it. According to the Assam police, the gang themselves recorded the incident and shared the video with their friends in Assam and other parts of the northeast.

The Assam police traced the origin of the phone number from which the video was sent and immediately alerted the Bengaluru police. Following this, special teams were formed, and, within hours, the gang was arrested on Thursday evening.

The police arrested the seven from a rented house at Avalahalli, Ramamurthy Nagar in east Bengaluru. All of them are labourers.

“On the basis of the contents in the video clip and facts disclosed during preliminary interrogation of the secured persons, a case of rape and assault under other relevant provisions of law has been registered against the accused in Ramamurthy Nagar Police Station,” the police official said.

The victim, 22, was later traced to a neighbouring state and brought to Bengaluru by a special team to join the probe, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant confirmed.

Speaking to reporters, Karnataka Home Minister Basavraj Bommai said, “The video was viral on various social media sites and Union Minister Kiren Rijiju had tweeted about the incident, then the Bengaluru police within hours traced the gang and its members were arrested.

“According to the information given by the accused, there are another few people involved in this case and they are in neighbouring Kerala. We will arrest them soon and a team is formed to investigate this incident which is supervised by the Bengaluru city police commissioner,” he added.

On Friday morning, the police opened fire at the rape accused when they were taken to spot ‘Mahazar’. According to the police, they fired at the two accused when they tried to flee. A senior officer said the accused attacked the police with stones while trying to escape and, in the process, one officer was injured.

The accused and the police officer is receiving treatment at a government hospital, while the remaining five accused were produced before the magistrate in Bengaluru via video conference. All of them have been sent to police custody for 14 days.

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