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Pawan Dixit
Varanasi, March 29, 2014
Varanasi: A 27-year-old journalist on assignment was allegedly gang-raped by two persons in Mirzapur district of Uttar Pradesh on Thursday night. The woman, who claims to be associated with a Hindi newspaper of Haridwar in neighbouring Uttarakhand, lodged a complaint with the police on Friday. The police arrested one of the accused, who was identified as Ashwani Tewari.

The incident took place in Vindhyachal, a place of Hindu pilgrimage. The woman, along with her sister, had arrived in the town last Monday to do a story on the historic temples of the region. They were staying at a local hotel.

The woman told the police that she had gone to Ashtabhuja temple, situated on a hill top, on Thursday afternoon. According to her, she came down around 8pm and headed for the Mirzapur-Allahabad highway to hire an auto.

She alleged that three persons in a white Scorpio abducted her and took her to an isolated place. The woman said while two of them raped her, the other person refused to be a part of the crime after learning she was a journalist.

They allegedly dumped the woman in a forest area in the wee hours of Friday.  The woman said she reached a nearby railway crossing and informed the gateman about the incident.

“One person has been arrested and the vehicle used for abducting the victim has been recovered,” said RK Srivastava, deputy inspector general of police.