Two arrested in Chandigarh Army hospital rape case
Police today arrested two army personnel for allegedly raping the wife of an IAF cadre at the Western Command hospital in Haryana's Panchkula district.chandigarh Updated: Nov 25, 2008 15:09 IST
Police on Tuesday arrested two army personnel for allegedly raping the wife of an IAF cadre at the Western Command hospital in Haryana's Panchkula district.
"The two main accused -- Hottam Singh and Iftikhar Khan, working as nursing attendants at the army hospital, have been arrested and further investigations are on," Senior Superintendent of Police (Panchakula) Sandeep Khirwar told PTI over phone.
Three persons, including the arrested, were booked for the crime after a case was registered based on a complaint filed by the 35-year-old woman against them on Sunday.
A defence spokesperson said the two main accused belonged to Army Medical Corps and were posted at the hospital which falls in Chandimandir, the Army's Western Command headquarters.
Panchkula police have moved a formal request to the army, seeking the custody of the two accused as they are army personnel.
The police had also recorded the victim's statement before the judicial magistrate in Panchkula.
Police said that in her complaint the victim, who is a native of Bihar and is currently residing in Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL) quarters at Panchkula, alleged that she had gone to the hospital in Chandimandir on Saturday for physiotherapy.
Once she was through with the treatment, she went to see one of her relatives who was admitted in the hospital. On her way, she was dragged to a nearby room by three men who raped her.
While Hottam Singh, a native of Madhya Pradesh is working as the documentation in-charge of the neuro-surgical ward, Iftikhar, a resident of Bihar, joined the nursing staff of the same ward around seven months back.
The victim, in her complaint, alleged that Singh also asked her not to disclose the incident to anyone and threatened that it had been recorded and the footage would be made public in case she did so.
The woman has been living with her son after her husband was recently transferred to Jamnagar Air Force Station in Gujarat.
A FIR had been registered under various sections of the IPC, police said.