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Army man among 3 accused in gangrape of Haryana CBSE topper, police offer Rs 1 lakh reward for information

One of the three accused in the alleged gangrape is an Army man posted in Rajasthan and a police team has been sent to arrest him, Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2018 21:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Hisar
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Rewari police has released pictures of the three gang rape accused. The main accused (left) is a soldier posted in Rajasthan, according to the police. (Manoj Dhaka/HT Photo)

Haryana Police on Saturday released the photographs of the three accused in the Rewari gang rape case of a CBSE school topper, including that of an Army personnel, and announced Rs 1 lakh reward for information on the accused.

An army soldier posted in Rajasthan named Pankaj was the main accused, state DGP B S Sandhu said, adding that efforts are on to arrest him.

The other accused are Manish and Nishu.

The three abducted, drugged and gang-raped the 19-year-old Rewari girl when she was on her way to a coaching centre at Kanina in Mahendragarh district on September 12.

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A top army officer said the force did not shelter criminals and it would facilitate the arrest of the accused.

“If an army personnel is involved in the crime we will facilitate that the person is caught and booked for rape. We do not shelter criminals,” Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, general officer commanding-in-chief, south western command said, according to news agency ANI.

The police also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information about the three accused who are absconding.

In her complaint, the woman said that Pankaj and Manish drugged her and took her near a well in a car where she recognised Nishu after gaining consciousness. However, she was again drugged and allegedly gangraped.

Nuh superintendent of police (SP) Nazneen Bhasin, who is leading the special investigation team (SIT), said medical reports confirmed gang rape, but it was not clear “how many committed the crime”.

Samples have been sent to the forensic lab for investigation, she said.

Bhasin visited the victim in hospital and said her condition is stable.

The police provided security to the victim’s family on the directions of Haryana State Women Commission chairperson Pratibha Suman.

First Published: Sep 15, 2018 14:25 IST