Police say Dharamsala ‘gangrape’ incident a rumour, probing motive behind complaint

It was another tensed day in Dharamsala as college students continued their aggressive protests throughout the day, even as the district police established that the alleged gangrape incident was a rumour.
Updated on May 21, 2015 07:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Dharamsala

It was another tensed day in Dharamsala as college students continued their aggressive protests throughout the day, even as the district police established that the alleged gangrape incident was a rumour.

The unrelenting protesters, joined by local residents, carried out protest march in the town and demonstrated at the offices of college principal, superintendent of police and deputy commissioner.

Read: Himachal CM Virbhadra Singh stokes controversy over Dharamsala rape case


The students even tried to storm into the Dharamsala police station several times during the interrogation of the woman who had met the principal on last Saturday and had lodged a verbal complaint that her sister was brutally raped and was admitted to a local hospital in serious condition.

“We want to confirm that no such incident has taken place in Dharamsala,” said Kangra Superintendent of Police (SP) Sharma, addressing a press conference here.

The SP said the district police were on the job to find out the truth from day one when the words about the alleged incident spread.
“A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted under the supervision of additional superintendent of police (ASP) rank officer and the probe was headed by IPS officer Shalini Agnihotri,” Sharma said.

“SIT identified the woman who had come to the office of principal alleging that her sister was raped brutally and was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition,” said Sharma.

He said the woman was under protective custody. “The college principal and the girls who claimed that the woman had met them on the campus have identified her,” Sharma added.

“In the investigation process, SIT also identified the alleged victim. The two are not related to each other and are residents of nearby areas of Dharamsala town and their parents too are present at the police station,” said Sharma.

Meanwhile, clearing the air on messages being circulated on the social networking sites, the investigating officer, Shalini Agnihotri, said the complainant woman has only a younger brother while the alleged victim has two younger siblings -- a sister and one brother.

“So the reports that appeared on various media platforms that complainant and alleged victim were orphans are not true,” said Agnihotri.

“Further the alleged victim has denied that any such incident ever happened with her at any point of time,” she added.

“Police are trying to find out the motive of complainant behind lodging complaint with the principal,” the woman cop said.

Replying to the queries of the mediapersons, SP Kapil Sharma clarified that the district police was not under any pressure and the probe was impartial.

The police, refused to divulge further details, stating that investigations were still- going on.

How it happened?

May 16:

A woman meets principal of Government Post Graduate College Dharamsala, alleging that her sister was molested by some youths in college campus.

She however disappears when principal asks her to give in writing

Words start making rounds that a Dharamsala college girl was brutally raped by five youth on college campus and was admitted to a local hospital in serious conditions.

Principal first admitted that a woman had met him but changes his statements resulting into confusion.

May 17:

The day was comparatively quite but rumours continue to spread on social media, including that girl was shifted out of the state for treatment.

May 18:

Students start protests; gherao college principal


Submit memorandum to the police, deputy commissioner


Principal gives in writing to the police, seeking inquiry into the alleged incident


May 19:

Students continue protests; seek removal of principal and demand CBI inquiry.

Police start probe, scrutinize CCTV footages; college records

May 20:


Amid increasing pressure, government constitutes SIT; announces Rs 25,000 cash award to anyone for giving clues helpful in solving the mystery

Complainant’s sketch circulated among the force; identified

May 21:

Students continue protests

Police interrogate complainant woman; alleged victim identified


The alleged incident established as a rumour

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    Naresh K Thakur is a staff reporter in Hindustan Times’ Himachal bureau. Based at Dharamshala, he covers Tibetan affairs, local politics and environmental issues.

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