BENGALURU: The city police decided to take suo moto cognisance of the alleged molestation incident during New Year celebrations at MG Road/Brigade Road on Saturday evening. Police are now examining CCTV footage, so that a complaint could be filed against the alleged miscreants.
The alleged molestation incident came as a shock in the IT hub, as it happened despite the deployment of a large number of police personnel at the venue - one of the preferred locations for the New Year celebrations in the city.
"No one has approached the police with an official complaint. However, we are discussing with higher officials on taking up suo moto cases,'' said a city police officer. It can be recalled that the State government had made major changes in the city police set-up on December 31, evening.
Ashokanagar police are currently examining the footage. A senior officer said that no women has approached the police to complain about the incident so far and they are discussing with deputy commissioner of police (Central) to take action against the hooligans involved in the crime.
Poor security arrangements
Five hours before the crowd gathered around MG Road, the government sent transfer orders and senior policemen did ensure proper security arrangements. An officer who was at the spot told Express that last year there was no vehicular movement on MG Road after 6 PM. "But this year vehicles were allowed to enter MG Road towards Trinity Circle, causing traffic jams. Some of the people who were in the car were also found misbehaving with the women," he said.
Jyothi A, state president of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) said, "Police should book suo moto cases against the perpetrators when they agree that molestation incidents have taken place in the public place. What is the use of the CCTV cameras if the perpetrators of crime are not punished even when they are identified? Women and young girls, in particular hesitate to register their complaint due to lack of societal support. It is sheer police inefficiency that has led to the crime on New Year eve."
“More police personnel should have been deployed with effective measures proportionate to the mob on the night,” she added.