IT professional harassment case: Police examine CCTV footage, want victim to identify accused
MANGALURU: The city police are putting in all efforts to expedite the case related to alleged harassment and abuse of an IT professional by taxi operators at Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) on Friday.
On Tuesday, they sought the permission from the court to transfer the case to Bajpe police station, as it comes under that jurisdiction. “We are awaiting court’s order to hand over the case to its jurisdictional police station. It’s a minor issue. Although the occurrence falls in the ambit of local courts, there are different JMFC courts, and it is our duty to inform the courts of this development. The case should be handed over by today evening,” said an officer.
Meanwhile, a lady police inspector, who is currently the investigating officer, went to MIA and examined the CCTV footage. Panambur assistant commissioner of police Ravi Kumar said he had not seen the footage as the case was not yet handed over to Bajpe police station. “The footage has been examined by one of the officers. We need the victim to come forward and identify the accused as there are hundreds of taxi operators seen in the footage, according to the officer,” he said.
On Friday, Sunitha (name changed), the IT professional, was caught in a tiff between local taxi operators and her Ola cab driver at MIA. She had to walk out and catch an autorickshaw to her home in Padil.
She was on her way from Bengaluru to see her ailing father-in-law, but by the time she reached reached, he passed away by the time she reached there.
Sunitha, who was in Bengaluru on Tuesday, told TOI that she will be co-operating with the police. “I have already spoken to the officer in charge. I will see when I can come down and do what is required by the authorities,” she said.
Help desk open: Meanwhile, the airport authorities have opened a ‘May I Help You’ counter near the terminal manager’s office, which is close to the departure gate. Airport director JT Radhakrishna said: If any traveler or person has grievance, they can approach the help desk. The person in charge will refer the matter to police, CISF or airlines, as required.