The city police have identified and arrested the mystery woman allegedly controlling and instigating the mob that torched 42 vehicles belonging to Tamil Nadu-based private travel firm, KPN, at D’souza Nagar on Monday. She was arrested at her home on Thursday night. The accused is 22-year-old C Bhagya, from Yadgir, in North Karnataka. She is staying with her parents Chandrakanth and Yellamma in Girinagar, close to the KPN garage.
She is a daily-wage labourer, who moved to the city with her parents two years ago.
“Bhagya was arrested on Thursday night, based on CCTV footage recorded in the vicinity of the incident. She was produced before a local court on Friday and was taken into police custody as her exact role and motive behind the torching of the buses and instigating the mob is yet to be ascertained. Since she is a woman, she cannot be kept in the police station overnight and has been sent to a remand home in Madiwala. She will be brought to RR Nagar police station on Saturday morning by a team of women police personnel and will be interrogated,” said an officer who is part of the investigation.
After her interrogation, she will be remanded to judicial custody and her chances of getting bail for the next six months are slim. The accused, who is from a poor economic background, is finding it difficult to hire a lawyer to fight her case. The city’s advocates association, however, has offered free legal aid for those arrested while fighting for the Cauvery water cause and Bhagya might be one who avails of the offer.
Preliminary investigations and CCTV footage show Bhagya supplying diesel and petrol to the accused and throwing it on the buses.
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