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Bhopal gang rape: Two of accused were known to police, one of them murder accused

While one of them helped GRP personnel remove bodies from the tracks, the other was a police informer

bhopal Updated: Nov 03, 2017 23:35 IST
Punya Priya Mitra
Punya Priya Mitra
Hindustan Times, Bhopal
Bhopal gang rape,GRP,Railway Protection Force
Mahila Congress activists with children during a candle light protest against the alleged gang rape of a student in Bhopal on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Five police officers were suspended on Friday on charges of dereliction of duty in the case of gang rape of a 19-year-old woman in the state capital on Tuesday.

Authorities suspended the officers in charge of GRP, MP Nagar and Habibanj stations along with two sub-inspectors.

The incident occurred between 7 and 10pm on Tuesday when the victim, a civil services aspirant and daughter of an ASI of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), was returning from her coaching classes.

Police said she was accosted by two inebriated men near the Habibganj railway station, who first snatched her mobile phone and money and then raped her.

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They were joined by two more men who also raped the woman. They later strangulated her and assuming her to be dead, fled the crime scene.

However, the victim regained consciousness and managed to reach the RPF station. She then borrowed a phone from one of the men and called her father.

Initially, she told her parents that she had been looted and beaten but on reaching home in Vidisha, she narrated the ordeal to them.

The woman and her parents came to Bhopal the next morning but they were made to shuttle from one police station to another before police finally registered the case almost 12 hours later.

Meanwhile, sources said police were aware of the identity of two of the accused.

While one of them helped GRP personnel remove bodies from the tracks, the other was a police informer.

The duo and their accomplices — one of whom is a murder accused — used to spend hours taking liquor and drugs in the bushes near the railway station, the sources said, adding that all of them lived in a slum nearby.

Of the three accused arrested so far, one was sent to two-day police remand, while two others were sent to judicial custody.

A special investigation team (SIT) was also formed to investigate the case.

Taking cognizance of the case, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a meeting with senior officials concerned and reportedly pulled them up on the law and order situation.

He also announced that the trial in the case would be conducted in a fast-track court.

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 23:35 IST