The molestation case of a Muslim woman in Bengaluru had taken a drastic turn after police found out that the victim knew the accused and they both had planned this incident.
According to the police, the accused Irshad Khan was married to the victim's sister for the last six years. But Irshad fell in love with his sister-in-law and they planned the incident in order to force her parents to give consent for their marriage.
The more shocking was that the lovers were inspired by the Kammanahalli molestation incident and made a plan.
The K.G. Halli police, had registered a case and arrested Khan, 34. Khan is a resident of Govindapura in K.G. Halli. He works as a sales executive with a private firm.
Additional Commissioner of Police (East) Hemant Nimbalkar told the media that on Sunday movements of the accused gave them the clue.
“When we analysed the CCTV footage, we saw that the accused was limping and dragging his left leg. As Khan had accompanied the victim to the station and interacted with the police during the investigation, we found that his walking style was similar to that of the accused. We kept a close watch on him and also video recorded him while walking without his knowledge. Both the videos were analysed and it was confirmed that it was, in fact, Khan who had allegedly molested the complainant.”
He said, “Moreover, the call details report of both the complainant and the accused revealed that they were in constant touch over the phone, despite living in the same house and their conversations were lengthy and even crossed hours in some instances. Based on suspicion, Khan was picked up for interrogation and he revealed that he was in love with his sister-in-law for the last three years.”
“As per his voluntary statement, both wanted to get married but were worried about their family members’ response if they discussed it. Also, her parents were searching for a groom for her. Meanwhile, the recent Kammanahalli molestation case was telecast on all TV channels. They both came up with the plan that if she is molested, no other man would come forward to marry her and Khan could easily convince his wife and marry the complainant,” he added.
As per the plan, Khan did an observation of those houses and shops which had CCTV cameras in the locality and finalised one.
“Early on Friday morning, as per his statement, they acted according to the plan. A few hours after that, Khan approached the owner of the house where the CCTV camera was installed and got the footage. Instead of approaching the police, he gave the footage to TV channels. He also gave interviews to TV channels alleging that law and order were not maintained in the locality. Following his confession, he was arrested on Sunday afternoon,” he said.
Mr Nimbalkar, however, said that "the police arrested him based on his statement but were not sure whether the complainant was involved in the case. We are yet to question the complainant. If even she admits to it, then we will initiate action against her for filing a false complaint,” he said.
The victim used to live with her sister and bro-in-law from 2 yrs. Irshad Khan hails from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh. He had met his wife several years. They fell in love and got married six years ago. The couple also has a daughter. His wife works for an MNC bank, while his sister-in-law works with an online food and grocery store.
Sources said that "the complainant had inflicted minor injuries on her hands and legs to make the police believe that the entire incident was real."
BY M. DIVYA SRI