Bengaluru: A total of nine persons have been arrested so far in connection to the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian student here in state capital.
Of the arrested, one has been identified as Chikkabanavara GP BJP Member Lokesh Bangari. Two police officials-Inspector Pravin Babu and Constable Manjunath stand suspended in connection to the case.
It may be recalled that a 21-year-old Tanzanian student was allegedly stripped and paraded naked in Bengaluru on Sunday, after an inebriated Sudanese student mowed down a local woman. It is said that the strong mob mistook the girl to be the drunk Sudanese student’s friend and assaulted her.
“Babu has been suspended for dereliction of duty and Manjunath for not taking action even though he was present at the spot,” Top Cop N S Megharik adding that the four arrested on Thursday night have been booked for assault, unlawful assembly, arson, rioting and outraging a woman’s modesty.
There are possibilities of more arrests.
A team from Delhi comprising the Tanzanian High Commissioner John W H Kijazi and External Affairs Ministry officials will meet the students here and get the assessment of the state government on the incident.
Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara has denied refuted the claims of the attack being racial one.