The video of molestation created much sensation in the entire nation and the Bengaluru City Police had to work swiftly to make arrest in the matter. After those four rioter were grabbed, it was found out that they had been stalking the Victim for many days. Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said,
“I wholeheartedly appreciate Prashanth Francis, a resident of Kammanahalli who helped us with CCTV camera footage installed at his house which captured the perverted actions of the arrested persons.”
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. The victim had recently started abiding the city for her studies, chased & duped by these hooligans. The incident was well planned in advance.
As one of the victim’s friend was residing near the arrested person’s home and she used to visit her friend’s house often. This is when she caught the eye of the mobsters.
All four cheapsters used to wander around the area near eateries and tea stalls, and one day she got noticed by all Four while passing by the road. One of the crook Leno told rest of them that he wants to date her. Then it was on December 31st night and after they got drunk and discussed how they could get close to her. Thereafter they went around in the area on their two-wheelers wishing people randomly. 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 one of them saw. After that Chinni asked rest of his friends, especially Leno, as he was infatuated by her. Then all friends dared Leno to wish her on New Year ‘if at all he had guts’.
Thereafter, they started following the autorickshaw in their two-wheelers. The autorickshaw 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 the autorickshaw 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. After Francis gave the footage to the police, the police registered an FIR and started analysing 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 analysed the earlier footage at Francis’s house. They noticed that on the same day in the morning, a similar scooter passed o n 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. When the news of this molestation was being flashed by the media, these youths started panicking and tried to erase every possible evidence that would give them away. They also planned to leave the state for some time.