Three days after the New Year eve revelry turned into a nightmare for several women who were allegedly molested at a large gathering in city's downtown area, police today claimed to have found "credible" evidence of molestation and have registered an FIR.
As the incidents drew widespread outrage with no action from the police, Bengaluru's new Commissioner of Police, Praveen Sood through a series of tweets tonight, said his team was working on the case silently.
Enquiry conducted by a DCP rank officer has gone through feed from 45 cameras at MG road. Unedited video available with police.— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) January 3, 2017
Enquiry is already underway by an officer of DCP rank.— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) January 3, 2017
As promised we have found credible evidence repeat credible evidence in a case of wrongful confinement, molestation and attempt to rob.— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) January 3, 2017
We have taken action by registering a FIR. Investigation is in progress. Police is working.... though silently.— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) January 3, 2017
In response to a former official asking about the filing of an FIR, the Bengaluru Commissioner of Police also cryptically:
@ksphc2007 I wonder why media is blurring the images. we have exactly same original footage and if you see that uncut the story is different— Praveen Sood IPS (@CPBlr) January 3, 2017
Eyewitness accounts had suggested that women were molested and groped and lewd remarks were also passed by miscreants late night on December 31 in the posh area even as it was claimed that 1,500 police personnel had been deployed to control the crowds.
Police had earlier said that no one had come forward to file a complaint about the incident.
If any lady lodges a complaint of molestation that took place on December 31 night, the police will not waste even a minute in registering a case and launch a probe, Sood had tweeted on January 2, adding even without a complainant if police finds credible evidence of molestation, a case will be registered suo motu without waiting.
Sood took over as the City Police Commissioner from N S Megharikh, on January 1.
with inputs from PTI