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Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

32-year-old woman kidnapped and gang-raped in Agartala, 6 suspects arrested

Police said that the woman was travelling from a hospital t o her residence in auto-rickshaw at around 9 pm. But the auto-rickshaw driver took her to a different place instead where she was allegedly gang raped.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2019 21:20 IST
Priyanka Deb Barman
Priyanka Deb Barman
Hindustan Times, Agartala
A dharna infront of police HQ, Agartala, led by Sadar dist mahila Congress. (Photo: @TripuraPMC)
A dharna infront of police HQ, Agartala, led by Sadar dist mahila Congress. (Photo: @TripuraPMC)
         

In the second such incident in two months, a 32-year-old woman and mother of two, was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by more than half a dozen men while returning home from a hospital in Agartala late Tuesday, Tripura Police officials said on Thursday.

The Tripura police said they have arrested six suspects which include two minors.

“We registered the case ‪on Wednesday evening‬. The victim’s husband lodged a complaint against nine people for kidnapping and raping her. We have arrested six suspects,” said Officer in-Charge of East Agartala Women Police Station Mamtaj Hassina.

According to the rape survivor’s family, they went to three police stations to lodge the complaint who refused claiming that the area is not under their jurisdiction. Later, the case was registered at East Agartala Women Police Station.

Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s wife Niti Deb,BJP MP Pratima Bhowmik, opposition leader Manik Sarkar and other Left leaders met the victim at the hospital.

Police said that the woman was travelling from the hospital o her residence in auto-rickshaw at around 9 pm. But the auto-rickshaw driver took her to Narsingarh locality instead where she was allegedly gang raped.

The accused then dumped her at the Circuit House at around 11.30pm.

Chairperson of Tripura Commission for Women Barnali Goswami, who met the victim on Wednesday at Tripura Medical College (TMC) hospital said the victim had gone to the hospital to consult a doctor about one of her children’s health. She called the auto-rickshaw driver whom she knew to drop her home.

On the way when she noticed that the auto rickshaw was moving in a different direction she asked the reason. The driver told her that he had some work. “Some people forcefully took her to a van and gang-raped her. Among the accused persons, she only knew the auto-rickshaw driver,” said Goswami.

“Police have already made some arrests including the auto rickshaw driver and hopefully, the rest will also be arrested soon. We demand capital punishment for such culprits,” said Goswami.

In August this year, a woman was kidnapped and gang-raped by two persons with whom she was travelling in an auto-rickshaw on the outskirts of Agartala.