Cops finally act, arrest 5 for 'racist' attack

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Cops finally act, arrest 5 for 'racist' attack

The City police on Thursday arrested five people in connection with the molestation of a Tanzanian national and the violence that followed after an accident involving an African student's car on Hesaraghatta Main Road on Sunday night.

The police said all those arrested were locals. They are Lokesh alias Bangari (40), a member of the local water supply unit; Venkatesh (37), a flour mill owner; Bhanu Prakash (25), a hotel employee (all residents of Acharya College Road); Salim Pasha (31), an employee of a vehicle service station and a resident of Dwarakanagar, and Rehamathullah (42) of Chikkabanavara.

Director General and Inspector General of Police Om Prakash and Commissioner of Police N S Megharikh on Thursday visited the scene of the incident. They also met the victim. The top police officers recorded the statements of the 24-year-old Tanzanian woman who is a student of Bachelor of Architecture at Acharya NRV School of Architecture and her friend Jamal Ibrahim, 29, also a Tanzanian national and an MBA student in a private college. The Commissioner submitted a detailed report to the government later, the police said.

Home Minister G Parameshwara said Additional Commissioner of Police (West) K S R Charan Reddy had been asked to probe the case and submit a report within 48 hours. The probe would also look into charges that the Soladevanahalli police failed to receive the victim's complaint which she filed two days after the incident. The incident would be investigated by the Central Crime Branch (CCB), while Reddy would look into lapses, if any, after the incident. If there were lapses on the part of the police, then serious action would be taken, he said.

A senior police officer said the incident of molestation came to light only after it was reported on a TV channel. Till then, the victim had not approached the police on the day of the incident or the following day. She turned up at the police station only after being summoned.

Violence broke out on Hesaraghatta Main Road on the night of January 31 after a Sudanese student mowed down a woman. He drove the car in an inebriated state and knocked down three motorcycles as well. Locals torched two cars, including the one that belonged to the Tanzanian woman.

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