Bengaluru mass molestation didn’t happen: Police chief
He also expressed his "strong objection" to the word "mass molestation", saying "in fact, it would be a great disservice".
The alleged mass molestation of women in Bengaluru on New Year's Eve "did not happen", city police commissioner Pravin Sood told a TV news channel. Later, he said that while such a thing "could have happened" in a city of 10 million, there was "no evidence" of it.
The police chief also expressed his "strong objection" to the word "mass molestation", saying "in fact, it would be a great disservice".
He told NDTV, "On December 31, police officers were there... about 20 media OB vans were there on MG road... No one reported anything on the January 1... and nowadays, if something wrong happens, it goes viral in a minute". He said even on January 1, when he was addressing the media, "no one raised the issue".
Asked if he was saying the mass molestation may not have happened, he said, "I am saying it did not happen".
It was not possible to say in a city of 10 million people, such an event could not have happened, he later added. "If something has happened, I said 3 days back, 'please come to us, we are ready to take action'," he said.
"Only 30 seconds of footage is being shown, not what happened immediately before," he added.