Two days after a nine-year-old Russian girl was allegedly raped at a beach in north Goa, the police said the two accused had been identified and a manhunt was on to nab them.
The girl’s mother had said while one of the accused had diverted her attention, the other dragged her daughter to a nearby rock and assaulted her, at Arambol Beach on Tuesday evening.
“The two (accused) were employed with a pharmaceuticals company here and are on the run,” Deputy Inspector General RS Yadav said. He added the two were between 20 and 25 years of age.
“The man who assaulted the girl is Aman Bhardwaj, a resident of Basti in Uttar Pradesh, while the man who diverted the mother’s attention is Anil Kumar Raghuvanshi from Madhya Pradesh,” Yadav said.
The Goa police on Thursday released the photographs of the duo, Bosco George, Superintendent of Police (North), said. “We will issue these photographs to all police stations, railway stations, airports and border posts.”
Police sources said Bhardwaj and Raghuvanshi were on a picnic with colleagues when they moved away from their group and met the victim.
Raghuvanshi, while chatting with the victim’s mother, had given away Bhardwaj’s identity and the name of the company for which they worked, sources added.
“The victim’s mother was shown a photograph of Bhardwaj and she said he resembled the assailant very closely,” said Vikram Verma, advocate for the Russian Embassy.
The minor’s rape has prompted the state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to attack the Congress, its senior ruling coalition partner in Goa. In a veiled reference to state Home Minister Ravi Naik, Tourism Minister Fransisco Pacheco, an NCP legislator, said: “If some ministers cannot handle their portfolios, then they should give them up.”
(With inputs from PTI)