Man who ‘assaulted’ doctoral student on JNU campus arrested

Days after a Jawaharlal Nehru University PhD student was allegedly assaulted by a motorist on campus, police said they arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the matter. The accused was identified and arrested after more than a hundred CCTV cameras were scanned in and around the surrounding area.

The woman was walking around campus around 11:45 p.m. Monday when the accused, who was on a scooter, allegedly sexually assaulted her. After the woman raised the alarm, he managed to escape. A case of indecent exposure of a woman has been recorded.

On Sunday, police arrested a man named Akshay Dolai. He runs a mobile phone and SIM card repair shop in Bhikaji Cama Place and lives with his wife and two children in Munirka.

According to police, Akshay was drunk at the time of the incident. On Monday evening, he was on his scooter outside the JNU campus when he saw three women walking inside. He followed them and was not stopped at the entrance gates. The women reached their hostel, but he continued to drive inside campus, police said.

He then found the doctoral student running towards the east gate. He followed her and allegedly stopped her at a secluded place. The student thought the man wanted to ask her directions, but he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Police said the woman pulled out her phone to call the PCR. The accused took fright, snatched her phone and escaped through the west door.

DCP (South West) Gaurav Sharma said: “We received information at night and went to campus. We checked the registers at the entrance gates but found no entries relating to the accused or his vehicle. It was hard; the woman was also traumatized. The JNU CCTVs did not have clear video quality and we had to check other footage; we scanned over 1,000 CCTVs in the region.

The investigation team used the footage and mapped the route taken by Akshay and found that he had returned to Munirka.

“After leaving campus he went to Nelson Mandela Marg but saw police pickets there and went to Ring Road. We identified him and then arrested him at his home,” DCP Sharma said.

Police said that during questioning, Akshay confessed to his crime. He told police that six years ago he worked at the rail reservation counter inside campus.

Police said they recovered the student’s phone, the clothes Akshay was wearing at the time of the incident and the scooter seen in the CCTV footage.

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