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As Women Chant Shame in Bengaluru, Govt Suspects a Few Cops of Shaming City

The buzz is that the CM's men have with them enough evidence against the cops.

Updated:July 24, 2017, 3:51 PM IST
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As Women Chant Shame in Bengaluru, Govt Suspects a Few Cops of Shaming City
A still from CCTV footage of a young woman being groped and molested in a deserted lane of Kammanahalli area in east Bengaluru on the night of December 31, 2016 by two bike-borne assailants.
The Karnataka government is in the eye of a mediastorm over pictures of women being molested on the streets of Bengaluru on New Year's Eve. State Home Minister G Parameshwara fuelled further outrage with his initial quote "such things happen". There were questions raised over the functioning of the police. They were fears that the city is no longer safe for women at night as it used to be.

The whisper in the corridors of Sachivalaya is that in the midst of all these, the state government was busy with its own internal probe. They suspected that a section of the police force was trying to "defame the city". And their suspicion narrowed down to a couple of "disgruntled" top cops.

The is the theory they are working on. On December 31, when Bengaluru got a new police commissioner, an IPS officer who had an eye on the post was "terribly upset". He then passed on "select" CCTV footage to a local TV channel and then asked the reporter to "share" it with friends in the media. He was also "helped" by another senior police officer.

The buzz is that the CM's men have with them enough evidence against the cops, including intercepted telephone calls. The final narrative for them: It was a case of sour grapes behind the "conspiracy" to defame the city.
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