Israeli woman raped in Manali, two local mechanics arrested

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2016 20:29 IST

Police rounded up two motor mechanics on Monday for allegedly raping a 25-year-old Israeli woman in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali town, 250km from here.

The suspects, who are in their early 20s, were identified as Akshaya Rana of Kangra and Punkaj of Sarkaghat in Mandi district.

“The police have also impounded the vehicle used in the crime,” said Puneet Raghu, Manali deputy superintendent of police, adding, “It does not bear a registration number, but we are scanning the CCTV footage to get more clues about people involved in the crime.”

The police have registered a case under Sections 376(2G) (gangrape) and 506 (threatening for life) and 363 (abduction) of the Indian Penal Code.

The victim had alleged that she was gangraped by two men, who offered her a lift on Sunday morning when she could not find a taxi.

“She told us that six persons were sitting in the car and that they had offered her lift to the local bus stand, but instead took her to a secluded spot on the outskirts of Manali, where two of them raped her,” Kullu superintendent of police Padam Chand told Hindustan Times over the telephone.

The victim had come to Manali, along with her friends, two days back and had plans to visit Buddhist learning centre at Kaza in Lahual and Spiti district.

Meanwhile, the victim was admitted to Manali Civil Hospital, from where she was shifted to Bilaspur, 200km from Manali, as she allegedly refused to undergo medical examination in the absence of a woman doctor.

This has been the second incident involving a foreign tourist since June 2013 when a US national was raped by three cab drivers in Manali.

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