New Delhi, Feb 4: The Home Minister of Karnataka, Dr G Parameshwar said that the case relating to the assault on a Tanzanian student is being viewed seriously and the case has been transferred to the City Crime Branch.
Addressing a press conference at Bengaluru today, the home minister said that the case is being probed with all seriousness and will be taken to the logical end.
He further said that five persons have already been arrested and more are likely.
Lokesh Bangari, Venkatesh Ramaiah, Saleem Pasha, Banu Prakash and Rehmatullah are the persons who have been arrested, he informed. The Home Minister while condemning the attack also said that reports suggesting that the girl was paraded naked and molested are completely false.
Those overstaying will be reported:
The Home Minister while speaking about foreign students in the city said that protection will always be provided. We have identified those areas where foreign students live and enhanced protection will be granted. The protection of foreign students is our duty he also added.
Such incidents should not take place and we will ensure that they dont, Dr Parameshwar also said. Further he also issued a subtle warning to those foreign students who are overstaying without valid visas. He said in such cases their respective embassies would be immediately informed.
Drunken driving and then a riot:
Narrating the incident, the Home Minister said that last Sunday a Sudanese national Mohammad Ismail was driving his car in a drunken state at Hesarghatta. He hit a couple Sanauallah and Shabana. In this accident Shabana died on the spot.
This angered the locals and they set fire to the car. Ismail was shifted to hospital immediately along with Sanauallah who too had sustained injuries. In the meantime the mob came across a Wagon R car in which they were four students.
The mob waylaid the car and assaulted the persons inside it. The driver of the car was taken to hospital in the Hoysala or night patrol vehicle immediately. In the meantime the mob assaulted the lady student from Tanzania. However an Iranian reached the spot and whisked them away to safety.
The police had immediately registered a complaint relating to the accident and had began their probe. However the victim student gave her statement to the police two days after the incident and the same was registered as well, he added.
The probe is being handled now by the CCB. We have given a report to the Ministry of External Affairs regarding the same. More arrests are likely, the home minister also informed.