- Incident occurred when police had taken accused to the crime scene
- Both the accused have been shot in the leg and were hospitalised
- Minister said police probing role of more people in trafficking racket
Two of the six people arrested in the Bengaluru rape and assault case were shot in the leg today when they allegedly tried to escape from the crime scene.
Around 5 am today, the police had taken the accused to the spot for reconstructing the crime scene when two of the accused allegedly tried to flee and police had to open fire, DCP (Bengaluru East) Shranappa S D told NDTV. The injured accused have been hospitalised.
The six accused, including two women, were arrested yesterday after a video of a woman being brutally assaulted started circulating on social media. The incident reportedly took place in Bengaluru almost six days ago.
The Bengaluru Police said in a statement yesterday that on the basis of the video clip and the questioning of the accused, a case has been registered under charges of rape, assault and other provisions.
"As per information revealed so far, all of them are part of the same group and believed to be from Bangladesh. Due to financial differences, the culprits brutalised the victim who is also said to be a Bangladeshi, brought to India for human trafficking," the police added.
The police said the woman is currently in another state and a team has been sent to trace her. Once she is back, her statement will be recorded before a magistrate.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has said the accused have told police during questioning that more people are involved in the human trafficking racket.
"Union Minister Kiren Rijiju had tweeted that all the states have to be on alert regarding this case. Bengaluru police traced the gang within a few hours and we arrested six of them, including two women. They have provided information that there are more people behind this and they are in Kerala. We are intensifying the investigation," he said.
The video of the brutal assault had generated outrage, especially in the northeast as it was assumed that the woman was from that part of the country.
After the video went viral, Assam Police had sought information about the accused and offered a reward.
"These images are of 5 culprits who are seen brutally torturing & violating a young girl in a viral video. The time or place of this incident is not clear. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the criminals may please contact us. They will be rewarded handsomely," Assam Police tweeted.
"We must stand together to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice," they said.