BENGALURU: Almost two months after the Kammanahalli molestation case, the victim finally turned up on Tuesday for the identification parade. She identified the accused, who had been arrested within a week after the incident which hogged national limelight.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravi Kumar said that the victim attended the identification parade. “Twice earlier, the victim had failed to attend the parade, which complicated matters for us. We were finding it tough to take the case to a conclusion in the absence of the victim’s witness and statement,” he said.
“The victim, who has shifted her house, turned up to identify the accused after much persuasion. We promised her police protection and provided her phone numbers of some police officers. She was visibly relaxed on Tuesday after the assurance of all possible help from cops,” police sources said. Police however declined to reveal the venue of the identification parade.
“She was in shock after the incident and hence stayed away from police and media. She was scared she might land in some more trouble,” they added.
“We will be recording statements of the victim and the informant and a chargesheet will be filed as soon as the investigations are almost complete,” police said.
Around 2.41 am on January 1, an ITI student, Aiyappa, and his college dropout friend Leno allegedly groped and molested a woman who was heading towards her accommodation after New Year celebrations.
The act was caught on a CCTV camera installed outside a house in the street.Aiyappa (19), Leno (20), Sudesh (20), James (20), Somashekar (24) and George (23), all residents of Kammanahalli, were arrested following the incident.