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Mob storms police station after 9-year-old girl’s molestation in Andhra Pradesh

Four policemen were injured after a mob pelted stones at a police station in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur and set on fire 22 vehicles. They demanded that an accused in the molestation of a 9-year-old girl be handed over to them.

andhra pradesh Updated: May 17, 2018 09:40 IST
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
Guntur,Andhra Pradesh,Molestation
Police said one K Raghu allegedly attempted to rape a Class 2 girl while she was alone at her house adjacent to his residence. (AFP/Photo for representation)

A mob angered by the alleged molestation of a minor girl by a 20-year-old man attacked a police station in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur town early on Wednesday, triggering protests that left four policemen injured.

The angry mob, including relatives and family of the girl, demanded that the accused be handed over to him, pelted stones at policemen and set fire to as many as 22 vehicles in Old Guntur police station.

Guntur superintendent of police (urban) Ch Vijaya Rao, who rushed to the spot to pacify the agitators, said the preliminary investigation revealed that it was not a rape but a molestation attempt.

“We have booked a case. The situation is now under control,” Rao said.

According to police, K Raghu allegedly attempted to rape the girl who was alone at her house adjacent to his residence in Balajinagar of Old Guntur area on Tuesday morning.

The Class 2 student managed to escape and hid behind a water tank before returning home in the afternoon. She complained to her parents about the sexual assault on her.

The parents immediately alerted relatives and locals who raided Raghu’s house but could not find him. He surrendered before Old Guntur police station later in the evening fearing an attack from the girl’s relatives.

Locals came to the police station at around 10pm and demanded that the accused be handed over to him. Police told them that a case had been filed against Raghu and investigation was on.

A large number of people then stormed the police station and squatted in front of the police station demanding the accused be punished immediately. The protests continued till 1am.

As the policemen tried to disperse the crowd, they started attacking them with stones. Police first lathicharged them and then fired rubber bullets at the agitators as the situation went out of hand.

Additional forces were pressed into service along with senior police officials from other police stations to control the situation. Police clamped prohibitory orders in Old Guntur town under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

First Published: May 16, 2018 10:46 IST