படிக்க எடுத்துக்கொள்ளும் நேரம்: 2 நிமிடங்கள்

Vinodh of Hosur, along with his 3 other friends have gone to Dharmasthala on pilgrimage in a private Omni bus ‘Hamsa Travels’.

While travelling in the bus, Vinodh has touched a 9 year old girl who was sitting in the front seat with molesting motive on which the girl complained to her parents who were seated behind.

Angry parents, rushed to Vinodh and questioned him of his behaviour, and an altercation broke out. His shirt was removed and was made to sit in the bus, semi nude. This has happened in the wee hours of yesterday – Sunday.

After confronting Lokesh, the girl’s parents and the co-passengers thrashed him when they all alighted at Dharmasthala. Vinodh managed to escape from the scene, while his three friends were held up.

As per the complaint filed in Beltangady police station, at around 4 am when the bus reached near Mudigere, the accused Lokesh (23) allegedly tried to molest a nine-and-a-half-year-old girl who was in a seat in front of him. The girl told her mother about his misbehaviour.

The passengers decided to hand him over to the police after reaching Dharmasthala, but while they were waiting for Beltangady police to arrive, the accused managed to escape from the spot.

Three people who were accompanying the accused were then questioned, and they said his name was Lokesh and he was from Hosur.

Though Lokesh is yet to be traced, the police have detained the three who were accompanying him for questioning.

Lokesh has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) and efforts are on to trace him.