Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had on Friday ruled out gas leak as the cause of the blaze. He said CCTV footage has revealed that a man was seen keeping a bag in the cafe.
Taking objections to the Karnataka government’s decision not to pressurize the victim of the Mysuru gang rape case took place, the Opposition leader Siddaramaiah questioned why her statement was not being recorded yet.
“The way Mysuru gang rape case investigation is being conducted, negligence shown towards adhering to the law and not getting the statement of the gang-rape victim, showed the intention of the ruling government to hush up the case,” he said on Wednesday.
“According to the police, the incident took place on August 24 between 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. The police got the information at 9.30 p.m. The FIR was lodged on August 25 at 12 noon. Why there is a delay of 15 hours in lodging complaint,” he questioned.
“The police should have filed a case like it was done in the case of Nirbhaya in New Delhi. Why the police have not recorded the statement of the victim yet, even if she does not agree, there is a provision under the law for recording statements by convincing the parents of victims. On the arrival of her father, she was discharged. There is also a provision under law to file a case for not recording the statement,” he pointed out.
“If the victim does not record her statement to the police, she has to record her statement before a judge under Section 164. It would have been appropriate if she were to be produced before the judge,” Siddaramaiah opined.
The authorities have confusion on the jurisdiction of the place where the crime took place. The local Alanahalli police still do not know whether it came under a corporation or the forest department. Is it a difficult thing to ascertain the facts?” he charged.
Siddaramaiah also took the name of the gang-rape victim’s friend while talking to the media. When others tried to correct him and tell him not to disclose the name, he became angry and reiterated the name of her friend with whom the victim had gone to an isolated place. “I don’t about her friend being protected by the politicians,” he said.
Siddaramaiah visited the spot near the Chamundi hill area where Mysuru gang rape took place and held a meeting with the Police Commissioner of Mysuru Dr. Chandra Gupta.
“I strongly suspect hushing up of the gang-rape case by the state as they think it will be a black mark on the ruling government or for other strong reason unknown to us. The ruling government has completely failed to handle the case. The Home Minister Araga Jnanendra should resign immediately,” he maintained.
He also took objection to Rs 5 lakh cash reward for the investigating team. “It is not so difficult to trace the accused these days. The crimes like robbery, rapes, murders, burglary are on the rise in Mysuru. There is a collapse of law and order. “They could have been rewarded if the crime was prevented,” he said.
The Mysuru gang rape case took place on August 24, when the 22-year-old victim had gone to an isolated Lalitaadripura locality in the foothills of Chamundi hills. The gang of seven persons had attacked the couple and demanded a ransom of Rs 3 lakh. The incident had made national headlines and police, which came under severe pressure, have arrested six culprits so far. The hunt is on for the seventh accused.