The much sensitive case of molestation of a woman in Bengaluru, which grabbed the attention of the entire nation on Wednesday, has found a major breakthrough with the Bengaluru city police arresting four perverts while two are still at large.
The four molesters are identified as Aiyappa alias Nitish Kumar, 19, Leno alias Lenin Patrick, 20, Sudhesh alias Sudi, 20, Somashekar alias Chinni, 24, all residents of Kammanahalli area. Below is the timeline of events depicting how it all unfolded on that unfateful night.
The seed of Evil Plan:-
It was not a sudden act at all. It was a well thought and planned one. All of it started when victim visited her friend who was staying near the arrested person’s house. The victim used to visit the friend’s house often, and over the last one week, she stayed at her friend’s place along with another friend. This is when these perverts started stalking her. The molesters hung around in the area near eateries and tea stalls, and one day when she was passing through the road, all four noticed her. Leno told the group that he would like to date her.
Gathering of Perpetrator on New Year Eve:-
Since all the accused had seen the woman in the area, on December 31st night while drinking, they discussed how they could get close to her. After that, they went around in the area on their two-wheelers wishing random people. This went on till almost 2 am. The gang then decided to have fun with some random woman, but unfortunately, the victim and her friend were returning home in an autorickshaw, which Chinni saw. He alerted the rest of his friends, especially Leno, as he was infatuated with her. All of them started challenging Leno to wish her on New Year ‘if at all he had guts’.
Execution of Shameful Plan:-
Thereafter, they started following the auto rickshaw in their two-wheelers. The auto rickshaw stopped at the corner of the road on 5th main Kammanahalli. The victim’s friend left the place after which she paid the driver and started walking alone on the empty dark road. Sudesh, Somashekar and two others at large, went ahead of the auto rickshaw without stopping, as the driver was present. They came back to the corner and stopped monitoring the victim. Signals were passed on to Leno who immediately sped on his scooter towards the woman. However, he was scared to approach her, but Aiyappa sarcastically told him he would show him how a woman was to be greeted. The rest is visible in the footage.
Coming up with Evidence:
Prashanth Francis, a resident of Kammanahalli provided CCTV camera footage installed at his house which captured the perverted actions of the arrested persons to the Police.
Creation of Action Plan to Nab Monsters:
After Francis gave the footage to the police, the police registered an FIR and started analyzing the video with the help of Cyber Crime experts. The very first thing the police learnt by seeing the footage was the fact that the molesters were locals as they were seen moving around without any confusion. Once they suspected the molesters were locals, they analyzed the earlier footage at Francis’s house. They noticed that on the same day in the morning, a similar scooter passed on the same road. Police now went on tracking CCTVs installed in the area.
The major breakthrough came through the footage. Four camera shots showed the movements of the same scooter on another road, but in this case, a face was visible. Then the local crime police went around collecting information about these youths, especially Chinni, whose face was visible. On interrogating him, they zeroed in on three others.
Cracking down on Culprits:-
The team headed by the additional commissioner of police (East) Hemant Nimbalkar, deputy commissioners Ajai Hillori and PS Harsha, and their men nabbed the miscreants. The arrested were produced before the magistrate on Thursday night and remanded in judicial custody till January 10.
Case registered under
IPC section 354 (A)
Punishment for sexual harassment- A man makes physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures.
IPC section 354 (B)
Assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe
IPC section 341
Punishment for wrongful restraint.
IPC section 34
Acts done by several persons in common intention
We appreciate Prashanth Francis for providing the major evidence for the case and Bengaluru police for the swift action!