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CBI to probe role of Haryana accused in Bulandshahr gang-rape case

A 13-year-old girl and her mother were gang-raped while the men and other members were tied up in the fields near Dostpur village, Bulandshahr.

noida Updated: Oct 30, 2017 21:27 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Noida,Gurgaon,Ghaziabad
On the intervening night of July 30-31, 2016, a gang waylaid six members of a family who were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur(Sakib Ali/HT File)

The probe into the Bulandshahr highway gang-rape and robbery case has taken a fresh turn with the recent arrest of four persons from Haryana who allegedly “confessed” to their involvement in the case.

On the intervening night of July 30-31, 2016, a gang waylaid six members of a family who were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur. A 13-year-old girl and her mother were gang-raped while the men and other members were tied up in the fields near Dostpur village, Bulandshahr.

The CBI spokesperson on Monday said the agency has taken the men arrested from Haryana on a seven-day remand for a detailed investigation.

The Gurgaon police said three of four men arrested in connection with Mandpura (Haryana) rape case, while being questioned, confessed that they were also involved in the Bulandshahr incident.

The also ”confirmed” by way of corroboration the finer details of the Bulandshahr incident and also gave an accurate description of the scene of crime.

“After we got their statements, we corroborated the specific details of the scene of the crime (in Bulandshahr) and the sequence of events on the night of July 30-31, 2016. Some of our investigators have been to the crime scene and the UP Police too had shared details with us. The crime scene and the other points matches the details given by the three accused,” said Sumit Kuhar, DCP(crime), Gurgaon police.

“But these facts need to be probed further by the agency handling the case. We are not contradicting the earlier arrests made by UP Police as these men could be part of the larger gang,” he said.

Further, the victim family members also reached Haryana and said they too were convinced, after an initial assessment, that the three could be part of the group which assaulted them.

“I asked some questions about the vehicle. They told us that our vehicle had a yellow registration plate (commercial vehicle). They also said one of the male members had asked for water but he was beaten up. Later, they asked me where the water was kept. I had replied that there was a bottle in our car. Their account of the event is accurate,” said the father of the 13-year-old girl.

“I also asked them the description and number of women in the car. He replied correctly. During the incident, male members, including I, were asked to keep our heads down and were tied up in the pitch dark fields. My assessment is that these men could be among those present at the scene of the crime,” the father said.

The Bulandshahr gang-rape is being investigated by the CBI and the agency has already chargesheeted three accused — Saleem Bawariya, Zubair and Sajid — who were arrested by the UP Police.

The Haryana Police has forwarded the statements of the accused to the CBI and the UP Police as the gang also “confessed” to their involvement in another gang-rape and robbery incident at a brick kiln near Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida on the night of November 2, 2016.

“We are, prima facie, sure of the involvement of these men in the Bulandshahr case. After the incident at brick kiln, the accused told us that they boarded a bus and also robbed passengers. We are, however, not sure of their involvement in the Jewar rape case,” said a Haryana officer attached to the investigation.

“The investigation of the Bulandshahr case is now open. We are in touch with the Haryana Police. The three accused that we had earlier chargesheeted were identified by several members of the victim family during the identification parade,” the CBI spokesperson said.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 21:27 IST