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Kammanahalli victim not cooperating: Police

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Bengaluru: Police investigators probing the Kammanahalli molestation case are finding it hard to convince the victim to cooperate with them.

Sources from police department said, “We have been working hard since the case broke out and have arrested five people. We are confident of arresting another accused. But the victim is not co-operating, which is turning out to be a major hurdle. Women’s organisations, public and the State Women Commission should take some steps in building confidence in the victim. We are trying our level best.”

“The woman is a student and is worried as she has to continue her education in the city for the next few years,” sources added.

Police are yet to arrest Puppy (nick name), an accomplice of the accused. Police said, “Puppy has left his phone at his house and is absconding.”

Police have arrested Aiyappa (19), Leno (20), James (20), Sudesh (20) and Somashekar (24). At 2:41 am on January 1, Aiyappa, an ITI student, and a part-time delivery boy, along with his friend Leno, a B Com dropout, groped and molested a woman who was heading towards her accommodation after New Year celebrations.

KSWC chairperson Nagalakshmi Bai said, “I visited the police station and collected information about the investigation. I could not visit the victim. Police told me that they are confident of nabbing the sixth accused too. I also met Prashanth Francis who handed over the CCTV footage and took the initiative in this case, and congratulated him. We will also take the initiative in building confidence in the victim.”

Further, City Police Commissioner Praveen Sood, Additional Commissioner of Police (east) Hemanth Nimbalkar and other police officials also visited the station and held meetings regarding the investigation. However, a few of the investigating officials were also deputed for VVIP security on the eve of Pravasi Bharathiya Divas.

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