Hours after Bangalore Police Commissioner B.G. Jyothi Prakash Mirji announced on Saturday the arrest of six suspects in last week’s sexual assault on a law student on Bangalore University’s Jnana Bharathi campus, one of the two absconding suspects was shot and wounded in the wooded area of the campus.
The police said Rama (50), who was hiding next to the Microbiology Department near the Gandhi Bhavan, was shot after he attacked a constable while resisting arrest.
With this, only one more suspect, Raja, remains to be arrested.
Rama is in Victoria Hospital and his condition was described as stable.
Earlier in the day, the Bangalore police claimed to have cracked the October 13 crime by arresting six timber smugglers.
Announcing the arrests here, Mr. Mirji said the description provided by the victim and her friend helped them zero in on the men — Mallesh (20), Maddura (20), Doddaheeraiah (19), Shivanna (20), Eeraiah (20) and Yeliyaiah (23) — all residents of Dasegowdana Doddi in Ramanagaram taluk. He said they had been smuggling timber from the university campus. They were arrested near the Revenue Office in Ramanagaram.
Mr. Mirji said the police recovered the cellphone snatched from the victim. “The accused have confessed to the crime… We are trying to ascertain whether the accused are involved in similar crimes,” he said.
The student told the police that on October 13 night, when she and her friend were sitting in a car, the armed gang of eight accosted them, threatened them with weapons, dragged her into the woods and raped her after sending the friend away to get his wallet from the car.
Keywords: Jnana Bharathi campus rape case