Five daily-wage workers from Tamil Nadu held for Mysuru gang rape | Mysuru News – Times of India
“He claims he is 17 years old. We are not sure… we are verifying it,” DGP Praveen Sood said at a press conference on Saturday. Sood had been tasked by chief minister Basavaraj Bommai to oversee the probe. “After the Nirbhaya incident (2012), there is a direction from the court to try even 16-year-olds involved in heinous crimes in regular courts like adults.”
The arrests come four days after the MBA student was assaulted and her classmate thrashed in Lalithadripura.
The DGP said the accused are daily-wage workers from Tiruppur and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu and are engaged in carpentry and wiring works; two of them are drivers. Police said the six accused were in Mysuru for work and followed the duo to the secluded stretch.
DGP: Accused were partying when crime was committed
The drivers used to visit Mysuru frequently to transport vegetables and other commodities to the APMC yard, and often brought along friends. They camped in open spaces. “This time too, they had come to Mysuru and were partying together when the crime was committed,” Sood said, refusing to disclose their names since investigation is on.
“It was not a pre-planned attack. On August 24, the accused, who were allegedly drunk, saw the couple go into the secluded area and followed them. They surrounded the couple and demanded Rs 3 lakh from them. When they refused to pay, the men beat the young woman’s friend. The crime took place between 7pm and 8pm,” Sood told mediapersons in Mysuru.
The DGP said the survivor is in a state of shock and could not give a statement; her classmate gave some details though he was unconscious for some time during the crime.
“The special teams managed to arrest the five accused, mostly relying on technical and scientific evidence, which included two bus tickets and liquor bottles,” he said.
Home minister Araga Jnanendra has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for the investigating team.
The DGP said some of the accused have been previously booked in cases related to theft, among others, and it is not clear if they targeted other couples as well.
“A lot of investigation needs to be done in the case. Police will file a chargesheet based on scientific and forensic evidence and will request the high court to expedite trial of the case and convict them at the earliest, on the lines of the Manipal and Nagarabhavi gang-rape cases.”
The DGP added it is not clear yet if the accused filmed the crime and tried to extort money from the duo.
Govt to VCs: Step up vigil on campuses
In the wake of the alleged gang rape of a student, the government on Saturday ordered vice-chancellors of all universities in the state to ensure safety on campuses by increasing measures.
“Security personal must patrol campuses for proper monitoring. All VCs have been directed to take necessary actions to maintain law and order,” said higher education minister CN Ashwath Narayan. “It is the responsibility of VCs to ensure safety within campuses. They should make use of available technology to step up surveillance,” the minister added.
(The victim’s identity has not been revealed to protect her privacy as per Supreme court directives on cases related to sexual assault)