Manipal rape case:Third accused arrested
Udupi: According to the recent developements, the third accused in the Manipal gang-rape case,Anand has been arrested at Parkala.
Accoring to the police source the arrest was made late evening on Thursday. It is learnt that he too attempted suicide There were reports that the accused had fled to Goa, but the police received a call from a local stating that someone was trying to hang himself in the woods but he was found to be hanging by a tree and he was still alive.
The police rushed him to KMC hospital in Manipal where he is said to be recovering. It is yet to be confirmed that Anand was known to the victim through his wife. It was assumed that he had escaped to goa but he himself stayed home.
Udupi: Today addresing the press meet IGP (western range) Pratap Reddy has confirmed that two persons have been arrested in regard to the Manipal rape case and the third is still absconding.
The IGP also revealed the name of the two arrested in this case. They are Yogish (30) and Hariprasad alias Harish (27).
However the IGP also said “There was a lot of public and media pressure on the police, but now that we have arrested two of the accused. The medias work ends here and police work begins in earnest. We will work hard to give justice to the victim. There are a lot of legal procedures and we need to verify the crime spot as well as bring the accused before the victim, for identification. But at the end, we assure that we will do everything possible to ensure that the victim gets justice” .
He also confirmed that all three accused are auto rickshaw drivers. While Yogish is a rowdysheeter and Hariprasad has past police records, and was also arrested earlier in a gambling case.
The IGP also explained how the accused came into light. He said, “At around 10 am on today, Yogish called me and said, “I confess the crime ” and also went on to say, “I know you are going to catch me soon, but I will not let you do that.” He called again after a few minutes and at that time I heard him groan and vomit sounds as well , because of the poison which he had consumed. While on the call, we tried to trace the location through mobile tracker and we were able to locate his house, and we found him in one corner of the house in a bad state since he had already consumed poison. Then we rushed him to Manipal hospital.”He is now in the hospital and is out of danger.
Basically Yogish is a driver by profession, he drives auto as well as taxi and talking about Harisprasad, the police said they already had some prior information as he was listed in police records, and based on Yogishs statement, they were able to arrest him. All three accused are supposed to be friends.
Talking about the crime spot he said, “We are cent percent sure about it, but the place intially thought to be the crime spot is not the actual one. It is a different spot.” The crime spot revealed by Hariprasad is Madaga. But earlier, some media reports had told Eshwarnagar as the crime spot.
IGP (western range) Pratap Reddy thanked the police departments of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Chikmagalur for their assistance in the case.
The auto rickshaw used in the crime has been inspected, but nothing remarkable found. Infact there was not even a single mark on it and was in good condition, like a brand new one.
However talking about the prize money he stated that , the police cannot reveal the name of the person who gave vital information due to security reasons, but if the person himself has approaches the media, the police cannot do anything.
The IGP also went on to assure that the third person who is still at large will be nabbed very soon and the arrest will be announced in the media. He requested media persons to maintain caution while reporting on the case so that the investigation are not hampered.
Udupi SP Dr Boralingaiah and Mangalore SP Abhishek Goyal were also present.