'Cops have quizzed 5,000 automen in Manipal case'

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said the police have definite clues about those who had abducted and gang-raped a medical student in Manipal recently and, they will be arrested soon.

Briefing reporters here, Siddaramaiah said 10 police teams have been constituted to probe the incident and, around 5,000 autorickshaw drivers questioned so far.

Separately, Karnataka Home Minister K J George met Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran here and apprised him of the matter. George informed Ramachandran that the Cyber Crime Cell was going through the call details of all those people who had visited the crime spot during the period of the incident.

"The minister conveyed that a breakthrough in the case could be achieved soon," Ramachandran told  Deccan Herald.

The student from Kerala was returning to her hostel when unidentified persons kidnapped her from the university campus and raped her Thursday last.

Maoists making inroads: George

The Union Minister said George discussed with him various issues concerning Karnataka, including coastal security, safe city project and growing Maoist activities in six districts of the State.

“We want to improve Centre-State relationship and that is why we are ready to offer help for betterment of Karnataka," Ramachandran said after the meeting. George requested him to declare Karnataka a Naxal-affected state as Maoists are trying to make inroads.

Quoting George, the Union Minister said naxals have managed to sneak into six districts of Karnataka.  George also referred to Siddaramaiah’s speech on internal security during chief ministers’ conference held here on June 5.

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