A man suspected to be the one who raped and killed an eight year old child on the outskirts of Bangalore last week was arrested by the Bangalore Rural police on Sunday after locals claimed to have identified him on the basis of CCTV footage circulated by the police of a man leading the child away to a temporary construction.
Locals nabbed a 19-year-old construction worker and handed him over to the police claiming he was the suspect in the rape and killing of the eight year old near Hoskote about 40 kilometres from the city on February 6.
The alleged suspect Ambarish was identified by the residents of the Hoskote area on the basis of the sketch displayed by the police on a large public hoarding. “Ambarish was spotted wandering between Hoskote and Jangamanakote, a kilometre away from the crime scene, by a few rural residents who had voluntarily dedicated themselves to assist the police,” Bangalore Rural district Superintendent of Police Ramesh Banoth said. The nabbing of the alleged suspect by members of the public resulted in the public severely assaulting the suspect.
The construction worker had to rescued by the police who took him to a hospital for treatment before placing him under arrest.
“During interrogation Ambarish confessed to the crime,” SP Ramesh said. According to the police Ambarish was a habitual offender and had taken to drinks at a young age. The mutilated body of the eight-year-old victim was found with injury marks in a temporary car shed near Hoskote on February 6. The police registered cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Pocso) Act and sections 376 and 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against the suspect.
Police obtained video footage of the alleged suspect leading the child away to the temporary garage from a LPG service centre near the crime scene. The blurry images were used to create a sketch of the suspect and wanted posters were pasted all around the Hoskote region where the crime occurred.