Cubbon Park rape: Karnataka Tennis Association clarifies accused were not its security guards
Bengaluru, Nov 12: A 35-year-old woman was allegedly raped by two security guards at the famous Cubbon Park here last night, police said today. Police said they have arrested both the security guards in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association has come out with a media statement and clarified that the alleged incident neither occurred on its premises nor its security guards were involved in the horrific incident. The accused security guards belong to the Horticulture department and part of the security of the Cubbobn Park, claimed the association's official press release.
The Association's official statement claimed, "It is very regretful to hear about the alleged gang rape of a lady in Cubbon Park, last evening. We wish to clarify that the alleged incident neither happened in the KSLTA premises nor our security guards have been arrested. On enquiring with the Police, we are given to understand that the arrested guards belong to the Horticulture department and part of the security of the Cubbobn Park.
The association, however, assured its full cooperation to the investigating authorities in connection with the case.
Earlier on Wednesday, a woman hailing from Tumkuru had come to the city to take membership in a tennis club functioning at the sprawling Cubbon Park when the incident occurred.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sandeep Patil said "The incident came to light when an Assistant Sub-Inspector who was on rounds noticed the woman sitting near Siddalingaiah Circle around 2.30 AM and questioned her."
He said, "Immediately she was brought to the Cubbon Park Police Station and a detailed statement taken from her."
The woman had come to the club late afternoon. Though some workers told her there was none in the club and asked her to come today, she decided to stay back near by. At about 9:30 PM noticing her alone in the park two security guards approached her, the DCP said.
When she asked them to help her make her exit from the park as she did not know the way, the guards under the pretext of helping her had taken her to a secluded place and allegedly raped her.
Patil said, "A case has been registered last night. Guards have been detained, detailed investigation is going on and medical examination of victim and two accused is also being done."
A case has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 376 (punishment for rape).