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American tourist alleges gangrape in Manali

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Shimla, June 04, 2013
First Published: 16:11 IST(4/6/2013) | Last Updated: 17:05 IST(4/6/2013)

A 31-year-old American woman was allegedly gangraped inside a moving truck by three persons in Manali.

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The incident occurred on intervening night of Monday when American woman who had gone to meet her friend at Vashishth village was raped and then robbed aboard a public carrier.


The victim reported the incident to police after reaching the police station in the wee hours of morning. Revealing the incident before the cops, she said that she checked in hotel in Manali yesterday afternoon and in the evening decided to meet her friends who were putting up at Vashishth village about four kilometers from the main town.

The victim told cops that after meeting her friends in Vashishth, she took lift from the truck. The victim alleged that there were three other youths inside the truck apart from the driver.

Ones she boarded the truck than on one or the other pretext the driver kept moving the vehicle from one place to another while the three occupants in truck raped her,she added.
 
After sexual assault, the occupants in the truck robbed her of her belongings which included a Nokia mobile phone, Rs. 5000 Indian currency, 30 American dollar, an I-pad and a Nikon Camera. She claimed that the occupants dropped her at Manali bus stand at about 3am in the morning and later fled from the sight.

She told the police that the youth occupants in the vehicle were aged between 18–25 years.

"We have lodged the complaint and investigation has began," said Director General of Police B Kamal Kumar.

“Superintendent of Police is right on the spot. We have also deputed women cop along with the victim” he said adding that officials at American embassy have also been informed.


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