A seven-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from the Rae Bareli railway station and raped, police said on Tuesday. Three police officers have been suspended for dereliction of duty in connection with the incident.
The girl was found in a serious condition on Platform 2 of the station around 7:30 am on Monday, and admitted to the district women’s hospital, where she underwent surgery.
Her condition is stable, but she will require a week of medical treatment, hospital’s chief medical superintendent Dr Reeta Bhatia said.
After her abduction, the girl was taken to Gangaganj, raped and dumped at the railway station, police said. An FIR for abduction and rape was filed at the government railway police station, Rae Bareli.
The main accused, Dashrath Patel, was untraceable but the Government Railway Police and the Rae Bareli police arrested his wife, Kamlesh, on the charge of luring the child and bringing her to Patel. She has been named as a co-accused in the case.
The incident took place after a woman and her three daughters, aged seven, six and one, arrived by a passenger train on Platform 1 of the Rae Bareli railway station around 1:30am on Monday, superintendent of police (GRP) Sonia Singh said at a press conference along with superintendent of police, Rae Bareli, Vinay Kumar on Tuesday.
She said the woman and her daughters had returned to Lucknow from Bhusaval by the Pushpak Express. They were supposed to take a train to Gonda but ended up boarding the wrong train (a Rae Bareli passenger) and were told to get off by the travelling ticket examiner at the Rae Bareli station.
The suspended police officers are sub-inspector Raj Kumar Singh, and constables Vijay Tewari and Devendra Kumar.