A woman arrested in a chain-snatching incident has accused police officers of raping her while she was in police custody in Bangalore.
Last Saturday, the Aldur police arrested a woman in connection with a chain-snatching that took place in 2011.
She was remanded in judicial custody and released on bail the next day after which she was brought to Bangalore by the police to help nab the co-accused.
After her return on Tuesday, she complained to the Chikmagalur SP that police officers had gang-raped her in Bangalore.
IGP (Western range) Pratap Reddy said the probe in the case has been intensified. Two of the cops are absconding, he said.
Speaking to reporters here on Saturday, Reddy said five Aldur station officers, of which two were women, had been placed under suspension on Saturday. They are Sub Inspector K R Shivakumar, officers K B Mahesh, Gururaj, Assistant Sub Inspector Nandini Shetty and constable Krithhika.
He said Sub Inspector K R Shivakumar and the victim had been sent for a medical examination.
“Despite the victim’s background, our investigation focuses solely on the act of the gang-rape,” Reddy said.
Cases of gang-rape, illegal confinement and life threat have been registered against the officers, he said.
“We have also provided the victim with police protection,” he said.