Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood addresses the media on Saturday

Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood addresses the media on Saturday

Mysuru gangrape case: 5 including a juvenile arrested from Tamil Nadu; 1 absconding

Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood said on Saturday the accused were from Tiruppur and frequently visited Mysuru for work.

Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood addresses the media on Saturday
Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood addresses the media on Saturday

The Karnataka Police has arrested five persons including a juvenile from Tamil Nadu for allegedly gangraping a 23-year-old MBA student in Mysuru on August 24. One of the accused is absconding.

Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Sood said on Saturday the accused were from Tiruppur and frequently visited Mysuru for work. They are labourers, including a driver, carpenter, painter and others who were doing odd jobs.

On August 24, a 23-year-old MBA student, who was with her friend in the Tippayyanakere region in Lalithadripura area of Mysuru, was allegedly gangraped by the accused at around 8 pm.

Sood said the case was detected solely on technical and scientific evidence from the incident spot. “We are yet to collect a statement from the victim, as she is yet to come out of the trauma. Also, we got some details from her male friend, but that was incomplete and did not help much in the investigation,” he said.

A senior police officer said the victim, who is not from Karnataka, left Mysuru on Friday. “Defying doctors’ suggestions, her parents chose to take her to their home state, and left on Friday afternoon. She was not in good condition to travel, but they chose to take her,” the officer said.

Sood said the juvenile detained is 17 years old, subject to verification. But in cases of serious nature, those above the age of 16 too will be tried in regular court, said Sood, quoting the change in definition of juvenile accused after the Delhi 2012 gangrape case.

Sood added that there was an attempt by the accused to rob Rs 3 lakh from the victims.

“We will be filing the chargesheet at the earliest. We are also hoping to get the victim’s statement at the earliest. He added that staff of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) has been doing their best to collect additional details.

Asked whether it was pre-planned attack, Sood said investigation was underway and details would be revealed soon.

A case has been registered against the accused.

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