An alert citizen who witnessed a case of sexual harassment in Hyderabad managed to ensure that the accused was caught after he alerted the Rachakonda police in the city about the incident.
Police said that the accused, identified as 25-year-old Shiva Reddy, had misbehaved and sexually harassed a woman near Kidzee School in LB Nagar on July 12 and then fled the spot on his motorcycle.
The incident was witnessed by a citizen, identified as Ravi, as it happened in front of his house. Ravi immediately dialled 100 and reported the incident, following which a Special Operations Team (SOT) of the police began going through CCTV footage.
"The SOT Team immediately rushed to the scene of the offence and collected CCTV footage. They analysed the same and traced the partial number plate of the accused's vehicle. Later, the same was developed through the technical team of the police's IT cell," the police said in a press release.
Investigation officials said that they then managed to track the details of the vehicle, which was registered in Kodad in Suryapet District.
"As the owner was not staying at the address mentioned, the team noted that the vehicle was hypothecated with Hinduja Finance Limited in SR Nagar. The team approached the finance company and came to know that the vehicle was used by Shiva Reddy on the day of the offence," the police said.
The police nabbed Shiva on Friday following which he confessed to the crime. It also came to light that he was responsible for a similar case that came to light around two months ago in Chaitanyapuri.
A case has been registered under Section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the IPC.
Rachakonda Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat praised Ravi, the good samaritan, and handed over a reward of Rs 10,000 to him for his quick response to ensure the safety of women.
The police said that citizens can reach them by dialling 100 in case of an emergency or by sending details of any crime or a tip-off via WhatsApp to 9490617111.