BANGALORE: Fraser Town police on Saturday arrested three more people in connection with the gang-rape of a 22-year-old student.
The incident was reported last Sunday and the prime accused Nasser Hyder, the son of a BSP leader, was tracked down by the victim herself.
Those arrested on Saturday are Mohammad Hafiz (32), Mohammad Ishaq Sawood (32) and Shoaib Shiek Mohammed (27), residents of Venkateshapura in K G Halli in the city.
All the accused are into second-hand car sales and real estate. Nasser Hyder is in the custody of the police.
The others will also be taken into custody, police said.
A senior police officer said that during interrogation, the accused confessed to the crime and admitted that they were also at the same restaurant where the victim had gone for dinner along with her friends.
The trio were along with Hyder on the day of the incident.
They forced the girl into the rear seat of her friend’s car but did not rape her. Of the three, two had threatened the victim’s friend at knife-point , while the other drove Hyder’s car. However, police are yet to arrest one more accused who is still at large.
It may be recalled that Nasser Hyder, who is also a used car dealer in the city and a habitual offender,
had misled the investigation team by giving false information about his rivals Mohammed Ali alias Shaikh
Ali, Wasim Khan, Imtiyaz and Atheek saying that they were also involved in the case.
The four were detained and, after interrogatation, the victim also told the police they were not present at the time of the incident.
The four were let free on Friday.
Novitiate Rape: Students Questioned
Bangalore: Hennur police on Saturday questioned some more locals, including few foreign students staying in nearby PG accommodations and colleges in connection with the rape of a 15-year-old novitiate at a seminary in Kalyanagar. Meanwhile, a special team has been sent to Andhra Pradesh to gather more information about the girl and to verify whom she was in constant touch in the last few days and who had come to the city to drop her at the convent. A senior police officer said, “We are gathering information based on the complaint and the victim’s statement in the FIR. As the girl is yet to recover, they are waiting for her to identify the suspects who have been detained. It will take few more days to confirm the arrest of the accused.”