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Tanzanian girl assault: 4 more arrested, 2 policemen suspended

Bengaluru: Four more persons have been arrested and two police officials suspended in connection with the alleged assault and stripping of a Tanzanian student here that has triggered a nationwide outrage.

With this, nine persons have been arrested so far since the incident happened on Sunday night when the 21-year old student went through the ordeal in a vigilante justice by an angry mob in a case of “mistaken identity” after a woman was mowed down by a car driven by a Sudanese.

Inspector Pravin Babu and Constable Manjunath have been suspended, Bengaluru Police Commissioner N S Megharikh said.

“Babu has been suspended for dereliction of duty and Manjunath for not taking action even though he was present at the spot,” he added. The four accused were arrested last night, Megharkh said and added that they have been booked for assault, unlawful assembly, arson, rioting and outraging a woman’s modesty.

Read: She asked cops for help, they threw her to the mob: Tanzanian girl’s friend

Megharikh said police have been interrogating the suspects and there are chances of arresting some more people. Asked whether one of the arrested is a member of BJP, Megharikh said, “He is a panchayat member.” A team from Delhi comprising the Tanzanian High Commissioner John W H Kijazi and External Affairs Ministry officials will meet the students here and get the assessment of the state government on the incident.

The Tanzanian woman was reportedly dragged out of a car by few people when she was passing the accident spot with three friends. The mob mistook them to have caused the fatal accident though a Sudanese was involved in it, police said. Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara has denied that the Tanzanian woman was stripped and paraded naked, claiming that it was not a racial attack.

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