Two men have been arrested for allegedly being a part of a mob that was caught on camera assaulting three people, including a woman, in Indiranagar on 31 December 2017.
The arrests were made after CCTV footage showed the mob thrashing the three bike-borne people after the vehicle brushed against one person.
The accused have been identified as Ambarish and Lokesh. Senior police officers told The Quint that investigation began after one of the residents of the area provided the police with the CCTV footage.
What’s in the Video?
CCTV footage shows a group of men dancing and creating a ruckus at a junction in Indiranagar – purportedly under the influence of alcohol. “These men were dancing in the middle of the road. CCTV footage also shows them harassing other commuters prior to the attack as well. The victims of the attack, who were travelling on a motorcycle, didn’t expect anyone on the road. But on the seeing the crowd, the rider applied brakes,” an Indiranagar police officer told.
Despite attempting to bring the vehicle to a halt, it brushed against one of the men from the group.
Even though the rider attempted to apologise, some men in the group started thrashing motorcycle riders, including the girl. As per the information we have, the assault went for over 15 minutes.Police officer, Indiranagar
More NYE Shame for Bengaluru
Seemanth Kumar Singh, additional commissioner, law and order (East) told reporters it was “unfortunate” that the incident occurred despite the heavy police presence and security measures in place for the day.
“We have taken suo motu case and two men are in custody. More arrests will take place soon. We will also look into how this incident took place despite the security arrangements on New Year’s Eve,” he said.
This is the second consecutive year that NYE festivities in Bengaluru have been marred by violence. On the intervening night of 31 December 2016 and 1 January 2017, a number of women were molested, harassed and eve-teased on the streets of Bengaluru by fellow revellers. Police had beefed up security for NYE celebrations in a bid to avoid a repeat of the incident.