The attack on doctor couple by a group of Sudanese students in the city on the night of March 30 near Agrahara Circle has once again brought the focus back on a section of foreign students who are taking law into their own hands and who are indulging In unruly behaviour and also in criminal activities.
Taking the Issue seriously, the city police have decided to regularly meet foreign students and counsel them not to indulge in illegal activities. We have been regularly counselling foreign students and taking this a step ahead, we will meet foreign student union leaders and tell them to approach the concerned police stations in case of trouble. They should not take law into their hands at any cost and we are there to help them? DCP Dr H T Shekhar told City Today.
Referring to the latest assault case, Dr Shekar said that foreign students must understand that they were here to study and not to indulge in criminal activities. The role of college authorities is critical here. They must make the students realise the importance of Indian laws and must tell them how to behave in public? he added
According to state-wide statistics, there are more than 21,000 students from foreign countries have enrolled in educational institutions in the state. While most of the students reside in Bengaluru and coastal areas of Mangaluru, Manipal and Udupi, Mysuru has a population of men and public have been more than 2,000 students upursuing their academics many reputed institutions.
In 2015 – 2016, more than seven offence cases including assault on policemen and public have been booked against foreign students in Saraswathipuram, Kuvempunagar and N R Mohalla police stations. This apart many public nuisance and traffic violation cases too have been booked against them.
SATURDAY NIGHT INCIDENT
On Saturday night, Dr Karthik Udupa N and his wife Dr Sugandhi were allegedly assaulted by three Sudanese students, Including two girls, near Agrahara Circle in a case of road rage. The doctor couple was returning home from a mall on the M G Road around 8.30 pm when the car driven by the Sudanese students dashed Into their car from behind.
When Dr Karthik parked his car on the roadside to check the damage, the Sudanese nationals allegedly overtook his car from the left side and blocked way. The students then allegedly pulled the doctor out of his car and assaulted him on his face. They also allegedly assaulted his wife Or Sugandhi.
Soon, public gathered at the spot and the Sudanese students fled the spot. Dr Karthik and his wife then lodged a complaint with the K R Police station. The students were Identified as 23-year-old Zeena, 21-yearold Donna, and 22-year-old Godan who was driving the car, the police said.
On their part, the students too lodged a counter complaint against the doctor couple for allegedly abusing them. Based on the complaints, the police have registered a case under IPC section 319 (causing hurt) and IPC section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage modesty). FIRs have been registered against both the parties and investigations were on.
According to the police, two students were pursuing their law degree and one more student was doing B.Com in a private college in the city. They were staying In a rented house in Dattagalli since three years. The students have been subjected to medical tests to ascertain if they were under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.