Bengaluru: Inter-faith duo on bike stopped, rider slapped | Bengaluru News – Times of India


A video of the assault has gone viral. (Representative image)

BENGALURU: Two men were on Saturday arrested for allegedly assaulting a man who was dropping a woman colleague home on his motorbike at Dairy Circle, Bannerghatta Road, on Friday evening.
The incident took place after the suspects found out the man and woman belonged to different communities and followed the bike before intercepting it. Police said the woman had been awarded the best employee of her company on Friday. Since it was late evening, she had informed her husband that she would ask her colleague, also a family friend, to drop her home. The suspects slapped the biker and abused the woman for taking lift from a man belonging to another community. A video of the assault has gone viral.
Duo nabbed within 12 hours
The woman and her colleague left their office in Richmond Circle area and were on the way to their residences when the incident took place. The suspects made the woman get down from the bike and promised her they would hire an auto for her. One of the suspects grabbed the mobile number of the woman’s husband and called him. He abused her husband for allowing his wife to travel with other men.
A special team formed by Srinath Mahadev Joshi, deputy commissioner of police (southeast), identified the victims, took up a case and arrested the duo within 12 hours .
Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai tweeted around Sunday noon: “In connection with the case of assault on a bike rider travelling along with a woman of different faith, @BlrCityPolice has acted swiftly, identified & secured 2 accused persons. A case is registered & legal action is initiated.”
Police declined to reveal the identities of the accused. Sources said the biker is out of town and they managed to trace the woman and convinced her to lodge a complaint. Police have registered a case under IPC sections 354 (molestation), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (assault), 504 (using filthy language), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 153a (creating enmity between two groups).

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