Woman Brutally Tortured,Gang-Raped in Bengaluru :Prime accused nabbed after shot at by Bengaluru cops

Pramesh S Jain.Yogesh K Porwar

Continuing investigations into the rape and torture of Bangladesh woman case the Ramamurthynagar police on Wednesday arrested the prime accused in the case after opening fire at him.

The accused has been identified as Sobuj,30, running a prostitition racket and was on the run since the incident along with others.

Senior officer,told media persons,The police team who were tracking down his movement got a tip off that he was hiding in a colony near Ramapura lake where the rag pickers were staying.

A team of police led by PSI,Shivaraj and Head Constable,Devendra Nayak rushed to the spot and nabbed him.

While being escorted to the station,the accused requested the police to allow him to relieve and on that protection he attacked Head constable Nayak with a knife and tried to flee .

Shivraj chased him but he was also attacked following which he opened fire in the air to warn him and asked him to surrender but as he didn’t heed and tried again attacking the PSI and later the PSI in self defense shot him at his leg.The injured Sobuj along with the injured policemen were taken to hospital and are undergoing treatment.

Sobuj is the prime accused in the case and having a financial row with the victim,a senior police officer said.The accused is also responsible for recording the video and circulating it among his friends group,the officer added.

Sobuj is the 10th accused arrested so far while three of them have been shot by the police .

Earlier the special team of police arrested a couple Sania and Afsal and their associate Daalim who were hiding in the neighbouring state of Tamilnadu.

The accused are part of the prostitution racket run by Sobuj and assisted him in the torture and recording the video.

Days after the brutal gang rape of a Bangladeshi woman in Bengaluru,police have unravelled a human trafficking racket that had been operating, where women from the neighbouring country were allegedly being smuggled into India.

The Bengaluru Police, while probing the horrific gang rape case,has shared details of the racket being operated with Bangladeshi Police,sources told media persons on Thursday.

The police have allegedly identified Rafiq,one of the five accused in the gang rape,as the operator of the human trafficking racket.

Sources even said,Rafiq would smuggle women from Bangladesh to Bengaluru,by getting them fake Aadhaar Cards,and involving them in prostitution along with other illegal activities.

In a joint investigation by the Bangladesh and Bengaluru police exposing the human trafficking racket,four persons have been arrested in Bangladesh.

As per sources,the Bangladesh Police has arrested Rafiq and is trying to ascertain how many persons had been trafficked to India.

The four persons arrested, apart from Rafiq,have been identified as Ashraful Islam alias Bass Rafee, Shaheeda Begum alias Madame Shaheeda,Ismail and Rehman Sheikh.

Sources even said that Rafiq was the kingpin of human trafficking in Bangladesh and has been trafficking girls to India for the last 10 years.

Bangalore gang rape accused,Riday is said to be Rafiq’s right hand in the business.

Sources report that Rafiq and his associates used to lure Bangladeshi girls by assuring them good jobs, following which they would be coerced into taking drugs and then obscene videos of them would be recorded.

Significantly, both Rafiq and Riday are said to have trafficked more than 50 women to India. The Bengaluru and Bangladeshi police are investigating the matter further.

Victim brought to Bengaluru to record statement

The 22-year-old rape survivor was brought to Baiyyapanahalli Police station to record her statement on Friday.

She reached Bengaluru from Kerala and was subsequently taken to the Bowring hospital for a medical check-up.

She was produced in the court and her statement has been recorded under section 164.

On Thursday, Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant had informed that a case of rape was registered against six individuals, including two women at the Ramamurthynagar Police Station.

This followed after a preliminary investigation and examination of the contents of the video that had gone viral on social media.

Pant further revealed that all culprits are from the same group from Bangladesh.The police further added that the victim, who is also a Bangladeshi national was brought to India for trafficking.

Bengaluru gangrape case

In a brutal incident,the young woman was tortured and raped by five men and one woman in the city’s Ramamurthynagar.

One of the accused had allegedly shot the video of their act and uploaded it on social media handles which in return prompted the Assam Police to publish their pictures online.

The Assam Police also assured that anyone providing information regarding the individuals will be rewarded.Hours later, the Bengaluru Police arrested all the accused.

We suspect that there are many people in the racket and efforts are on to track them down,the police said adding that the accused have been taken into custody for questioning.

Finally Chief Minister of Karnataka,BS Yediyurappa,Home and law Minister of Karnataka,Basavaraj Bommai,has appreciated,Karnataka,DG&IGP,Praveen Sood, Commissioner of police,Kamal Pant,Addl CP East,S Murugan,DCP East,Dr.SD Sharanappa, ACPs,as,Ningappa B Sakkri,Manoj,PI,Melvin Joseph,PSI,Shivaraj,Arvind,crime staff as, Devendra Nayak and other crime staff has been appreciated for their excellent and timely investigation in cracking the case and nabbing all the accused involved in the brutal gang rape and a special reward will be given to the team for the meticulous investigation and exemplary work done by them he added.