A 22-year-old woman was allegedly gang raped in front of her husband by three miscreants near Howrah’s Mourigram railway station late on Thursday night. The husband was reportedly tied to a tree and held at gunpoint while the rape occurred. Two of the three rapists were arrested on Friday following a complaint by the victim’s husband. The couple, who are originally from West Midnapore’s Sabang, live in Alampur near Mourigram railway station where the husband works at an eatery.
“The accused are all locals and several cases are pending against them. One person is yet to be nabbed,” said Jay Biswas, the superintendent of Railway Police, Kharagpur.
The husband said that he and his wife were heading for Howrah from Alampur and accordingly, came to the Mourigram railway station to board a Howrah-bound local train. But they missed the train and had to wait at the platform.
“The couple decided to avail the first Howrah-bound train on Friday morning and was waiting at the platform. Sometime later, three persons (the miscreants) threatened them to leave the platform,” said an officer of the railway police.
As soon as the husband and wife left the platform, the miscreants pointed a gun at the man who was tied to a tree with his hands behind his back. There was a pond nearby and the spot was secluded but close to the station. Then, the woman was raped in front of her husband.
“We heard that he (the husband) was tied to a tree but when we asked him, he said he was not tied up but kept him waiting at gunpoint,” said the officer.
The husband later brought his wife to the station. Before fleeing, the culprits threatened him not to inform the police.
But seeing the distress of the couple, some people noticed them and asked the man what was wrong.
When he recounted everything, the couple was taken to the railway police station where the officer on duty showed them pictures of several antisocials.
“The husband identified them and accordingly, two were picked up,” said the Kharagpur SRP.