Bangalore: Jnanabharathi police managed to arrest the seventh accused in the gang-rape of a law student in October last year. Police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar said on Tuesday that Raja alias Mutturaj, 24, of Mettari Doddi in Ramanagara, was arrested at Kebbedoddi village in Anekal taluk in the outskirts of Bangalore.
Although six of the eight men arrested in connection with the horrific crime were found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday last, Raja was absconding for close to 11 months. He was involved in three more cases of attempt to murder and dacoity. Jnanabharathi police registered two dacoity cases against him.
Maddura, 19, Dodda Eeraiah, 19, Shivanna, 20, Eeraiah, 20, Yaleyaiah, 23, and Ramu, 20, are the six who were arrested earlier.
The rape survivor had stated in a police complaint that the accused had attacked her at 9.15 pm on October 13, when she was returning to the college hostel, along with her male friend in a car. They were accosted by the eight accused, who surrounded the vehicle, broke the window glass and dragged the girl outside by her hair.
When her friend tried to rescue her, he too was beaten up. The girl was dragged to a open field and gang-raped, after which they fled the scene about 12.30 am. She then approached the police a few hours later and filed a complaint. She told the police that the rapists had brandished machetes and threatened to slit her throat if she screamed for help.
The police formed a special team comprising 32 officers, who managed to catch the criminals and get them convicted within a year. However, the eight accused in the case, Mallesha, 20, is still absconding.