Chinese National Attacked in Bengaluru, Cops Say No Racial Angle
“The suspects wanted to snatch the victim’s mobile phone and when he resisted... attackers slashed him with a knife”
Bengaluru police have arrested five men who allegedly attacked a Chinese national on 25 July, in east Bengaluru’s Indiranagar. The victim, Yan, had come to the city on a business trip and was waiting for a cab around 1:30 am when he was attacked. Ajay Hilori, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), said:
The suspects wanted to snatch the victim’s mobile phone and when he resisted, one of the attackers slashed him with a knife. At the same time, a Hoyasala patrolling vehicle came to the location and the suspects fled from the scene.
DCP Hilori reiterated that the incident was not a racial attack, but a case of attempted robbery. The complaint lodged by the victim was of assault during robbery attempt and the investigation didn't find any evidence of it being a racial attack, the officer said.
Investigators told The Quint that the victim didn't speak English and recording of the statement was difficult initially. However, a friend of the victim came to the police station to help police translate from Mandarin to English.
After providing medical aid to the victim, a case was registered. Inspection of CCTV footage in the area and a probe zeroed in on the suspects – Mani, 23, Manikantha, 20, Vijay, 22, Arun Kiran, 20 and Sharath, 25.
According to investigators, the past record of the suspects in mobile snatchings helped police in tracking them down.
Bengaluru, where several cases of gold chain-snatching were reported over the years, is seeing a new trend – mobile phone snatching. According to senior officers, with the latest mobile phones costing between Rs 50,000-Rs 75,000, mobile phones have become as lucrative as gold chains for robbers.
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