Udupi, June 27, 2013, (PTI): Two persons have been arrested from here in connection with the abduction and gangrape of a 22-year-old medical student from Kerala at nearby Manipal a week ago, police said.
The autorickshaw used for the crime has also been found, police said.
Police was on a hunt for the accused, who had abducted the student while she was returning to her room from the library in Manipal University campus and gangraped her on June 20 night.
Twelve police teams with 200 persons were working on the case.
The arrested are identified as Yogish and Harish, while the third, Anand, is believed to have escaped to Goa. All the three are said to be auto drivers and the residents of Hiriyadka.
Yogish has a previous criminal record and attempted to commit suicide upon facing arrest. He has also taken a video footage of the rape.
As per the sources, among the two arrested, Harish has reportedly confessed to the crime. According to Harish the spot of the crime was Madaga in Hiriadka.
Earlier in Bangalore, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the culprits would be tried in a Fast Track Court.
He said police had gathered “scientific and technical evidence” in the case. One reason for the delay in arresting the culprits was that the victim was “not cooperating and not giving statement properly to police,” he said.
To prevent recurrence of such incidents, steps like installing CCTV and providing police security at university campuses would be taken, Siddaramaiah said speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by the Bangalore Reporters Guild and Bangalore Press Club.