Karnataka Home Minister K J George on Wednesday met Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran and briefed him about the ongoing investigation into the abduction and gangrape of a medical student in Manipal.
George is understood to have told Ramchandran that more than 5,000 autorickshaw drivers were questioned by the Karnataka police to nab the culprits behind the heinous crime. He also informed the Union Minister that the Cyber Cell of the state police was checking the call data records to identify the people who visited crime spot. The medical student from Kerala was returning to her hostel when unidentified persons kidnapped her from the Manipal University campus and gangraped her last week. The Karnataka Home Minister also discussed issues of coastal security and the ‘safe city’ project initiated by the Union Home Ministry to counter terror and organised crime in seven metros of the country, during the meeting.
Referring to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s speech at the internal security meeting in New Delhi, George requested that Karnataka be included in the list of naxal-affected states. Siddaramaiah had asked the Centre to declare Karnataka a naxal-affected state and provide assistanc. “We want to improve the Centre-state relationship, so we are ready to provide help the for betterment of Karnataka,” Ramachandran said.