Bantwal gangrape case: Lodge manager too sexually harassed victim, says SP

Mounesh Vishwakarma
Daijiworld Media Network - Bantwal (DV)

Bantwal, Oct 10: A day after Dakshina Kannada police arrested four accused in connection with the gangrape of a minor girl, superintendent of police (SP) Sonawane Rishikesh Bhagawan on Sunday October 10 confirmed the arrest and said that the accused would be produced before the magistrate.

Addressing a press meet here on Sunday October 10 the SP said, "On October 8, a case was registered in Bantwal town police station by the victim. As per the complaint we have booked cases under 366a, 376d, 506 sections of IPC and section 4 and 6 of POCSO Act."

As per the complaint filed by the girl, the accused K S Sharath Shetty was known to the victim. He along with four others came in white car at around 8.30 am and kidnapped her while she was going to school. They took her to an isolated area and where two people sexually assaulted her, the SP said.

Acting on the complaint given by the girl, the police under the guidance of assistant superintendent of police Shivanshu Rajput, inspector T D Nagaraj, PSI Avinash and their team conducted a speedy investigation.

The SP said that contrary to the allegation made in the initial stage of the case, the girl was not kidnapped. The incident took place after the girl went to Mangaluru on demand made by Sharath Shetty.

"During the investigation we have arrested four accused namely Sharath Shetty, Maruti Manjunath, lodge manager Sathish and Hidayatulla. It has come to light that Sharath Shetty was in contact with the victim on Facebook and WhatsApp. From the past 15 days, accused Maruti Manjunath was also in touch with the victim on WhatsApp.

"Sharath and Maruti Manjunath were known to each other and the latter introduced him to the girl. Taking advantage of the friendship, Maruti had sent explicit messages to the girl. Sharath later invited the girl to Mangaluru. After the girl came to Mangaluru by bus, Sharath met her and took her to the lodge, claiming that he wanted to take some rest. In the lodge, Sharath and Hidayathulla sexually exploited the girl. Lodge manager Sathish who provided the lodge also sexually harassed the girl. All four have been arrested and they will be produced before the magistrate," the SP said.

The SP congratulated the police team for cracking the case efficiently.




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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji, Nellore/Kodyadka

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    These are henious crimianls Please arrest them and punish them

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    What to say to these persons?All including lodge manager too was done his part means nothing more to say Lock his lodge immediately.Such establishments shouldnt exist in future..Why police are closing their faces with caps?They are already known ,No need to hide such thugs.Girl knew the person .Still she went to lodge.Whom to blame?

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Peter Dsouza, why my comments sounded embarasing to you. May be you were rate saintly personality who never make friends with opposite gender . If yes you too were needed be caged baba to tame at that time. Teen agers cross the limit and take a bold step and invite troubles Ok St. Peter god bless you. ( a st. With paint) Do your duty upti daye first.

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  • Peter Dsouza, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    Flavin, it is called victim blaming. There is Apex court mandate not to blame the victims, especially ecially in the case's related to minor, women. Further the recent IT rule's also place responsiblity on platform not to publish yje same

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  • Allen, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    All the AndhBhakts are hiding without pronouncing any type of sentence to the culprits 😜

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  • Rahul, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    One thing we have learn from this incident that is communal harmony. When our moral police bent harsh behind catching cows & Two legs Dogs when ever they seeing transported & travelled together in one vehicle this incident opposite to their act. First of all we have to check identities of the persons. Maybe they are primary members of Moral policing group. No other person has daring to do this act in today's situation. One thing is still suspicious why still our culture protectors didn't organised a press brief to protest this hooliganism.

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  • Rhea, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Girls should be very careful on who they add as their friend in Facebook.... Also stone those perverts to death

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  • Charan, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    All of these perverts need a surgical removal of thier organ

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  • g m hegde, udupi

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Shud be given same treatment every day by dons when sent inside

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    A dirty secret of Mangaluru and the ENTIRE country is the not so secret sex trade ALL hotels/resorts/lodges provide this, personally i don't have any objection but increasingly it has turned ugly by trafficking and sexual exploitation even of minors which is UNACCEPTABLE. hope police atleast acknowledge this fact and then act on it.

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    For criminal acts no zihad no caste and creed.Al should be thoroughly investigated and punished even there is misguiding so that in future such things should not happen

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  • Aam Aadmi, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    The common man has so much evil in him. You cannot trust anyone now. Indeed it is Kalyuga. And in Kalyuga where the people are morally corrupt they also get cruel leaders. We have one such ruling our country since 2014.

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  • Mbeary, Dxb

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Why no BD thugs will protest with regards to this. Why so selective. Does raping women bring less shame than travelling with minorities in car?

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Probably the boys themselves belongs to BD.....? except one....

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  • Wilfred, karnataka

    Mon, Oct 11 2021

    You are right, BD is protesting against Matahnthara, Beef, attacking beach parties and preaching moral, then wy they are silent , at least they can say criminals are mentally hill

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    "Why do people jump on social networking sites right when a horrible thing happens to someone?" In spite of so many bad incidents our teen agers hardly take a lesson and safe guard their personal life. Minor girl went too fast and too far in exploring the world. Boys are always on the look out for an easy prey (like an Eagle v/s chic) Its an extreme step and no time to regret.

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  • Peter Dsouza, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Flavin, your comment is really embarrassing. We need to cage the tiger not the victim.

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  • Prakash, Mangaladevi, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    Interestingly all HJV, Bajarngdal, Ram Sene are silent now Hope Shobha Karandlaje will wake up & come on street now (in support of the minor girl)

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, Oct 10 2021

    CHARBI....'Pulitha Adar Therapy' needed.... ...Tak...Takk...

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