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Meerut gang rape case main accused still free

S Raju, Hindustan Times  Meerut, August 08, 2014
First Published: 00:13 IST(8/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:16 IST(8/8/2014)

Four days after a madrasa teacher made shocking allegations of being abducted, forced to convert and then gangraped, the main accused Hafiz Sanaullah is still at large.

Many questions have been raised over the work done by the Meerut police, as no team has visited Muzaffarnagar to visit the madrasa where the victim was allegedly held captive. Efforts have not been made to identify her assailants or the doctor who operated on her and removed her fallopian tube.

On August 3, the girl from Sarawa village of Kharkhauda area had alleged that she was abducted and held captive at a madrasa. She said she was forced to change her religion, and had been gangraped.

The police have arrested three of the four accused named by the victim in her FIR.

However, teams dispatched to arrest Hafiz Sanaullah have got no results, drawing sharp criticism.

Sanaullah belongs to the same village as the victim and allegedly masterminded the whole operation. His wife Samarjahan has also been booked, along with village pradhan Nawab and his daughter Nishat. Villagers hinted Sanaullah might be getting political protection.

“He was politically active and had proximity with some leaders of the ruling party,” they said.

Later, Nawab supported him in opening a madarsa in the village. A collection drive was launched and the building was erected in months. However, Hafiz was later expelled from the madarsa after he developed differences with the governing committee.

The victim taught at another madrasa in the village and had been a classmate of the pradhan’s daughter. Villagers said Sanaullah’s family live in a big house divided into two portions. Sanahullah’s part of the house has been locked since the arrest of his wife.

The Meerut police have yet to trace the Muzaffarnagar doctor who operated upon the girl.

On their part, Muzaffarnagar police have made it clear that they would extend all possible cooperation to their Meerut counterparts.


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