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Two Ola drivers arrested for raping and murdering minor in Kolkata

They forced her into a car from a pavement for merriment.

kolkata Updated: Aug 31, 2016 13:30 IST
Soumen Datta
Soumen Datta
Hindustan Times
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This was the first time smart cab drivers were involved in gruesome crimes such as abduction, rape and murder in Bengal.(File picture)

Police arrested Ola drivers Shankar Shaw and Guddu Singh on Wednesday morning for gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old pavement dweller in the city on Tuesday night.

Though new generation cab drivers were involved in occasional offences, this is the first time that the drivers of such services were involved in such henious crime in Kolkata.

According to Kolkata Police officers, the duo abducted the girl by forcing her into an OLA car on Tuesday night. Then they took her to the Park Circus flyover and raped the minor in the vehicle.

Read: Ola cab molestation: Cong, BJP target Kejriwal over Delhi crime rate

Their mission accomplished Shaw and Singh throttled the girl and tossed her body into a canal below the flyover.

The gruesome incident is sure to trigger questions about effectiveness of police patrol in the city, and the safety of women in general.

Ironically the 9.2-km long Park Circus flyover that has come to represent the modern face of the city was the site for the crime. (File photo)

“Both have been arrested. They have admitted to the crime,” said a Kolkata Police officer.

Before picking up the girl, the duo had consumed alcohol at Watgunge. They were looking for some merriment when their spotted the girl on the pavement.

The girl used to live on the pavement of Brabourne Road with her mother, who washes utensils in a local sweetmeat shop.

“Around 5 AM we received information that a girl was picked up in a car. From traffic control room the number of the car was established,” said a Kolkata Police officer.

First Published: Aug 31, 2016 13:30 IST