Bengaluru: Gang-rape accused used TikTok fame to lure women | Bengaluru News – Times of India

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BENGALURU: Ridoy Babu, 25, who is among the six people arrested in connection with the gangrape and assault of a fellow Bangladeshi national in the city, was popularly known as TikTok Hridoy Babo in Dhaka.
Babu and fellow accused Rakibul Islam Sagar, 23, were on Friday shot in the legs when they attacked police who had taken them to Kanakanagar area in Ramamurthynagar, off Old Madras Road, for a spot mahazar. Babu, Sagar and four others, including two women, were arrested on Thursday night for raping and assaulting a woman.
A video of the assault had gone viral in Bangladesh and northeast India. All the arrested are Bangladeshi nationals who trafficked women from their country for running prostitution rackets in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kozhikode.
According to police, Babu’s real name is Rifadul Islam and he had many aliases, including Ridoy Babu and Hriday Babo. Police learnt that Ridoy used to shoot short videos and upload them on video-sharing platforms. He would befriend women in the name of making videos and then take them to various locations for shooting.
Ramamurthynagar police have named Ridoy as accused no.1 in the case. “We learnt that Ridoy had shot videos with girls and uploaded them on an online platform and gained popularity in Bangladesh. He misused his popularity and supplied women to the traffickers by promising jobs in Bengaluru and other cities. Ridoy is being treated in hospital and we’ll question him in detail to know his role in human trafficking and also in the rape case,” an officer said.
The survivor, who had fled to Kerala after the assault, has been brought back to the city.



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