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Three-member women police team to probe alleged ‘Murthal rapes’

The Haryana Police on Friday formed a team of three women officers to investigate alleged incidents of gang rape near Murthal in Sonepat district. Director general of police (DGP) Yashpal Singhal said no complaint of sexual assault has been filed.

punjab Updated: Feb 26, 2016 17:36 IST
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Director general of police Yashpal Singhal told a press conference on Friday that “no complaint of rape or sexual assault” near Murthal  had so far been communicated to the police.
Director general of police Yashpal Singhal told a press conference on Friday that “no complaint of rape or sexual assault” near Murthal had so far been communicated to the police. (ANI Photo )

The Haryana Police on Friday formed a team of three women officers to investigate alleged incidents of gang rape near Murthal in Sonepat district. Director general of police (DGP) Yashpal Singhal said no complaint of sexual assault has been filed.

A media report alleged that at least 10 women were sexually assaulted by miscreants on NH-I after a mob pelted stones at vehicles headed to the national capital region on Monday morning. The occupants of the vehicles fled, leaving the women behind – who were then allegedly targeted by the mob.

It was unclear if the incident was linked to the Jat agitation, which resulted in violence in Murthal as well as other parts of Haryana.

Singhal made the mobile numbers of the three women police officers – DIG Rajshree Singh (9729995000), and women DSPs Bharti Dabas (8053882302) and Surinder Kaur (9729990760) – public. He also gave an assurance that the identities of the victims and the informers would be kept secret.

The DGP said police contacted journalist Praveen Arora, who co-authored the Tribune report on the alleged gang rapes, but failed to get any information. Clothes found scattered in the field – supposedly belonging to the victims – have been sent for medical tests, he added.

It said the number of such ‘victims’ was at least 10.

Police have ever since denied that any such incident took place at all during the 10-day Jat agitation that left 30 dead.

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