Google software engineer arrested in Delhi for molesting US woman in 5-star hotel

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New Delhi | Published: January 12, 2018 10:47:57 PM

Google software engineer arrested in Delhi for molesting US woman in 5-star hotel  (Reuters/Representational Image).

In a shocking incident, a 22-year-old software engineer for Google has been arrested in Delhi for allegedly molesting a US woman in a five-star hotel on Friday. The police have identified the accused as Amol Singh Kharbanda who is an NRI. Police said Anmol Singh Kharbanda met and struck a conversation with the 52-year-old woman at the hotel bar around 10 p.m. on January 8. “Kharbanda, a California-based Non-Resident Indian, met the victim in the lounge and introduced himself to her. He offered her drinks and a smoke in his hotel room,” Additional Commissioner of Police B.K Singh said.

“Kharbanda took her to his room and groped her. She pushed him away and ran out,” Singh said. The shocked victim, staying in another room of the hotel, locked herself in for the entire night. The next day, she went away for a meeting in Jaipur and returned in the evening. After her return from Jaipur, she complained against Kharbanda to the Chanakyapuri police station and hotel security. “We registered an FIR under Sections 354 and 328 of the Indian Penal Code and got her statement recorded before the City Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC,” the officer added.

Unaware of the legal action against him, Kharbanda was busy in his official work. He visited the Gurugram office (Google head office in India). “When he returned to the hotel room on January 9 night, the hotel security informed the police and he was arrested,” the ACP added. He has since been sent into judicial custody.

Meanwhile, recently, in the bid to safeguard their own bicycles, Google hired recruited 30 contractors and five vans which are armed with waders and grappling hooks to recover the bikes.

Google maintains roughly 1,100 free, multicoloured two-wheelers, known as Gbikes, for its employees to get around on its sprawling campus. The program has inspired copycats across Silicon Valley and beyond. But the tech giant loses 250 bicycles every week from its Mountain View campus. Rented by local residents as well as employees of the firm, Gbikes have shown up at local schools, in neighbours’ lawns, at the bottom of the town creek and on the roof a sports pub.

Google is also testing GPS trackers on some of its bikes and locks that only Google employees can open using their cell phones, according to the report. Google back in 2007 had first launched its bike program back, and later in 2009 switched over to its iconic, multicoloured two-wheelers

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