K. S. Manjunath, an alleged human trafficker popularly known as ‘Santro Ravi’ who is in the eye of a storm over his alleged role in police transfers and links to several politicians of the ruling BJP in Karnataka, was arrested in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on January 13.
“He had been frequently changing his location in Karnataka. Later, he started changing his mobile phone, and went out of the State. He first went to Kerala before shifting base to Ahmedabad in Gujarat from where our teams picked him up,” said a senior police official. “All due procedure will be followed. He will be brought to Karnataka after obtaining a transit warrant from a local court in Gujarat,” the official said.
Manjunath, alias Santro Ravi, has been arrested in connection with a case filed by his wife in Mysuru, alleging she was drugged, raped and forced into marriage in 2019. She had responded to a job vacancy advertisement in a local newspaper and was allegedly summoned by Manjunath for an interview. During that meeting, he allegedly drugged her, raped her and later forced her to marry him. When she tried to separate from him, he allegedly framed her in a fake dacoity case in Cottonpet Police Station in Bengaluru in November 2022 and got her arrested, according to the complainant. Following an internal inquiry, Inspector Praveen K.V., who was in charge of Cottonpet Police Station, was suspended.
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