Tempers ran high among residents of Pathankot and Sujanpur against a youth arrested on charge of rape of a five-year-old girl from Sujanpur town, even as some of them even tried to beat him at the civil hospital as well as outside the district courts on Friday.
An alert police team led by DSP (rural) Manoj Kumar however managed to save the youth from the mob wrath and produced him in the court of Yukti Goel, who decided to send the case to the fast track court.
Accused Sulkhan, aged about 25 and a JCB driver, had allegedly raped the girl in Sujanpur on late Thursday evening and fled, leaving the victim in a pool of blood. Police arrested him within hours after the incident and shifted the girl to the Pathankot civil hospital where doctors confirmed rape.
Meanwhile, the girl underwent a minor surgery on Friday and attending gynaecologist declared her out of danger though she had been kep under observation. "She is still in shock and has been administered sedatives," the attending doctor told HT.
DSP (rural) Manoj Kumar told HT that the girl's mother raised an alarm on Thursday night when she found her daughter missing. He said that her parents later heard her cries from a cowshed in their locality and allegedly saw Sulakhan raping the child. He fled the spot but was arrested later on.
Meanwhile, local Congress leader Viney Mahajan said that the area residents were shocked over the crime and were for hanging the accused since he had brought shame to their town. He said that the decision to send the case to a fast track court for trial was a good step and examplery punishment needed to be handed out to the accused.