Tenant claims rape accused had earlier harassed her, say Bengaluru police

The victim opened up about the incident with her parents recently. The parents, who recently came to the city from West Bengal, lodged a complaint with police. Acting on the complaint, police took the man into custody on Sunday for three days and seized the revolver.
Bengaluru police on Sunday arrested the 46-year-old man for raping a woman tenant from West Bengal at gunpoint in April, police said. The accused is a native of Bihar and lives with his family at Shanthi Nagar locality in central Bengaluru. (HT Archives)
Bengaluru police on Sunday arrested the 46-year-old man for raping a woman tenant from West Bengal at gunpoint in April, police said. The accused is a native of Bihar and lives with his family at Shanthi Nagar locality in central Bengaluru. (HT Archives)
Published on May 24, 2022 02:24 AM IST
Copy Link
By, Bengaluru

A man, who allegedly raped his 20-year-old woman tenant at gunpoint in Bengaluru on April 11, has harassed the woman in the past, city police said on Monday.

Police said medical test of both the survivor and accused was conducted on Sunday night.

Bengaluru police on Sunday arrested the 46-year-old man for raping a woman tenant from West Bengal at gunpoint in April, police said. The accused is a native of Bihar and lives with his family at Shanthi Nagar locality in central Bengaluru.

City police said the accused claimed he was being framed by the tenant.

According to a police complaint lodged by the woman, the accused barged into her room and sexually assaulted her at gunpoint while allegedly telling her that he was very powerful and could get away with anything.

The complaint was registered at Ashok Nagar police station on Saturday.

A senior Ashok Nagar police officer said a revolver used in a crime was legal and issued in the name of the accused. “As per the woman’s complaint, the landlord has harassed her in the past, too. He had an issue with people visiting her home and created a commotion as well,” the officer said.

Last month, a commotion took place between the landlord and the survivor’s friend. “The landlord locked the motorcycle of the woman’s friend and claimed police had locked it over illegal parking. He said he will lodge a complaint with police over her male friend’s visit,” the officer said.

Police said the landlord even began to blackmail the woman claiming he would inform her parents about this incident, while the woman requested him not to do so as her father was unwell.

“On the night of the incident, he issued threats to the woman saying he had a lot of influence and nobody could do anything to him. He then raped her at gunpoint when he realised that she was planning to leave the house over his blackmail threats,” the officer said.

The accused, who had entered the woman’s room on the pretext of discussing an issue on April 11, took out a revolver and placed it on her head. He then allegedly raped her.

The victim opened up about the incident with her parents recently. The parents, who recently came to the city from West Bengal, lodged a complaint with police.

Acting on the complaint, police took the man into custody on Sunday for three days and seized the revolver.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Arun Dev is an Assistant Editor with the Karnataka bureau of Hindustan Times. A journalist for over 10 years, he has written extensively on crime and politics.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Bengaluru is set to face multiple day long power shutdowns till June end.

    Bengaluru to face power outages till June-end. See list of areas here

    Here is a day-wise list of areas to be affected - June 26, Sunday: (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Shiva Farm Ind Area, Industgrial Area, Kaveripura Ranganathapura, Kcg Ind. Area, Nanjappa Ind. June 28, Tuesday: (11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or earlier.)

  • Police personnel outside the house of Punjab IAS officer Sanjay Popli in Chandigarh on Saturday after his son, Kartik, died of a gunshot wound in the head. (HT Photo)

    Days after Punjab IAS officer Sanjay Popli held for corruption, his son dies by suicide

    The only son of senior Punjab IAS officer Sanjay Popli, 26, Kartik Popli, who was arrested on Monday for corruption, died of a gunshot wound in the head when a team from the Vigilance Bureau was at the house a search in Sector 11, Chandigarh, on Saturday afternoon. The Punjab Vigilance Bureau had on Monday arrested director, pensions, Sanjay Popliin a corruption case. The police have initiated inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

  • Mild tremors were felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday morning, after which residents reported cracks in some houses and buildings. (Representative Photo/Reuters)

    Mild tremors felt in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday morning

    Residents of Sullia taluk in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district told news agency PTI they felt mild tremors at around 9 am on Saturday morning. They said they heard a loud sound as the earth shook for about 45 seconds. The areas affected are Kallugundi, Sampaje, Goonadka, Aranthodu, Ivarnadu, Thodikkana and Peraje. Dakshina Kannada deputy commissioner KV Rajendra said many people called from Sullia to inform him of the tremors.

  • The protesting Shiv Sainiks burnt effigies of Eknath Shinde and other rebel MLAs. (PTI)

    Shiv Sainiks protest against Eknath Shinde, rebels in Navi Mumbai, Panvel areas

    Amid the political crisis in Maharashtra caused due to the rebellion by a section of legislators led by Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena leaders and workers came out on Saturday in Navi Mumbai and Panvel region to show support to chief minister Uddhav Thakeray. Effigies were burnt and slogans raised against Eknath Shinde and the rebel MLAs. New posters were also put up in Vashi in support of Thackeray after several such posters appeared on Friday.

  • Prakash Padukone, SM Krishna and Narayana Murthy have been selected for the Kempegowda International Award.

    SM Krishna, Narayana Murthy, Prakash Padukone selected for Kempegowda Award

    Former Karnataka chief minister S M Krishna, Infosys founder and IT industry veteran N R Narayana Murthy, and former badminton player Prakash Padukone, have been selected for the 'Kempegowda International Award', which has been instituted beginning this year. Karnataka Higher Education Minister C N Ashwath Narayan, who is also the Vice-President of Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Heritage Area Development Authority, made an announcement to this effect on Saturday.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 25, 2022