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Child porn found in Bangalore rape suspect's laptop

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bangalore, July 20, 2014
First Published: 19:35 IST(20/7/2014) | Last Updated: 10:29 IST(21/7/2014)

The city police on Sunday evening announced the arrest of a skating instructor of a private school on charges of raping a six-year-old student on campus.

The police named the accused as Mustafa, 30. He hails from Darbhanga in Bihar and has been living in Bangalore for more than a decade.

The police were horrified to find a folder full of downloaded child pornography in the laptop seized from Mustafa, who has a two-year-old daughter.

“Disturbingly, most of the downloaded videos depicted children in uniform being raped,” Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said at a press conference.

The breakthrough in the case, which snowballed into a major political controversy and spurred thousands of people to participate in a protest march on Saturday, came earlier in the day, Auradkar added.

A senior police officer said, “Investigations are on to ascertain if Mustafa was involved in a child pornography racket. This is the dark side of the internet.”

Read: Protesters demand action for 6-year-old's rape

Asked to respond, Auradkar said, “Mustafa’s (monthly) salary was only Rs. 18,000, but he had several expensive gadgets such as high-end laptops and mobile phones.”

The commissioner said the police were investigating if he committed more such rapes. “We have heard that there were four other cases in the same school… we are still confirming.”

Auradkar said he was getting verbal complaints about Mustafa from people at a school where he worked earlier. “I am being told he used to shoot photographs of children and also show them pornography.” Auradkar added such information pouring in now would be checked.

According to sources in Bangalore police, steps have been initiated to provide care and protection to Mustafa’s daughter.

A senior police officer who did not want to be named said there might be more arrests in the case.

Read: 6-year-old girl gang-raped in top Bangalore school

The alleged crime took place on July 2 on the school premises and came to light on July 14 after police received a complaint.

The police had faced mounting public anger over the delay in making any arrest in the case and over a series of sexual assaults on women.

The sexual assault on the child, the alleged rapes of a 22-year-old woman in a car in the city and of a 15-year-old training to be a nun have led to an outpouring of public anger.

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