Noida: Villagers protest over lack of arrests in Jewar gang-rape case
The victims alleged that a gang of six highway robbers ambushed their vehicle near Sabota village, shot dead a 38-year-old relative for resisting the robbery, took Rs50,000 that they were carrying and raped four women in the nearby fields.noida Updated: Jul 19, 2017 23:32 IST
Nearly two months after a group of robbers had waylaid a family on Jewar-Bulandshahr highway, robbed them, killed a person and allegedly gang-raped four women, the victims and sympathisers staged a silent protest and a black-band demonstration in Jewar on Wednesday morning.
The protesters criticised the lack of progress in the investigation and demanded speedy action from the police.
More than 200 persons marched from their village and gathered at the Jewar police station on Wednesday around 11am to express their concerns. They alleged police inaction in the matter.
The Gautam Budh Nagar police, who had earlier assured action and arrests within 24 hours in the matter, have failed to make any progress in the case even after two months, the protesters alleged. The protesters also demanded government jobs for two members of the victims’ family.
Rajpal Singh Tomar, the station house officer of Jewar police station, said,“The villagers expressed their apprehensions about the investigation in the case and dispersed after we explained to them that we have made progress in our investigation.”
“Through our informers, we have zeroed in on a few gangs and are awaiting the right time to strike,” said Tomar.
The senior superintendent of police, Love Kumar, said, “The police are making every possible effort to arrest the accused. We will soon make a breakthrough in the case.”
Kumar also said that the results of the forensic examination to ascertain rape of the victims are still pending.
The preliminary medical examination of the victims, which was released two days after the incident, ruled out rape assault, following which vaginal swabs of the victims were sent to the forensic lab in Lucknow.
The victims alleged that a gang of six highway robbers ambushed their vehicle near Sabota village, shot dead a 38-year-old relative for resisting the robbery, took Rs50,000 that they were carrying and raped four women in the nearby fields.
The incident took place on the midnight of May 25, when eight members of a family were travelling to Bulandshahr from Jewar to provide monetary assistance to a pregnant relative.
Uttar Pradesh, the state with the longest road network, accounts for the highest number of highway crimes in India. According to the 2014 data of the National Crime Records Bureau, 80% of the 84,000 such incidents across the country were recorded in the state.