Morni gangrape: Police get 3-day custody of guest house owner, manager
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Morni gangrape: Police get 3-day custody of guest house owner, manager

The duo brought on production warrants from Chandigarh; one more accused held from Raipur Rani, taking total to 10.

punjab Updated: Jul 24, 2018 14:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Three days after Lovely guest house owner Sunny and its manager Avtar Singh were arrested by Chandigarh police in the Morni gangrape case, Panchkula police on Monday brought the duo on production warrants.

They were produced in a local court that sent them to three-day police custody. Meanwhile, six other Ambala men arrested on Sunday were sent to two-day police custody.

Sukhwinder Singh, Karan Sharma, Manjeet Singh, Vikash, alias Vicky, Shadi Ram and Ajay Kumar all from Ambala district, were called by Sunny to the guest house after sending pictures of girls, said police.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajendar Kumar Meena said, “We have brought the accused on production warrants and we will try to find out more details, including identification of all the persons involved through the main accused Sunny. Majority of the accused, as per our investigation, are from Ambala.”

Panchkula police late on Monday evening arrested another accused, totalling the number of arrests to 10. An official said the accused has been identified as Dheeraj, a resident of Raipur Rani. Police will seek his remand on Tuesday.

Police said they have identified the majority of the accused through CCTV footage and mobile dump data. “A list was prepared from the mobile dump data of the calls made from Sunny’s number and vice-versa. Raids are being carried out on its basis and we have rounded up a few more suspects,” said an official.

Among the total nine accused arrested till date, Sahab Singh of Raipur Rani, was arrested late on Saturday night and he was Sunny’s driver and used to pick up and drop the girls who were called by Sunny at the guest house, said sources.

The victim has alleged 8 to 10 men, including two cops, raped her daily in the guest house from July 15 till 18.

‘Panchkula police harassing us’

A day after the victim and her husband called for transferring the probe to Chandigarh police, victim’s husband on Monday said that Panchkula police is now raising questions on them. “Police is raising questions on me and my wife. We are being harassed. We do not have any connection with Sunny,” he said.

But, to provide security to the couple, two guards from Chandigarh police and two from Panchkula police were deployed in plain clothes outside the residence of the couple in Manimajra.

Women Commission visits Morni

A team from Haryana State Commission for Women on Monday visited hotels,including the guest house where the incident took place, in Morni.

Pratibha Suman, chairperson of the commission, had taken a suo moto cognisance of the incident. During the check, the team recovered contraceptives, syringes, liquor bottles, besides other objectionable material, from Lovely Guest House.

Meanwhile, urban local bodies minister Kavita Jain said, “I have directed the Panchkula deputy commissioner to take action against illegal guest houses running in Morni. A fair probe will be conducted in the case.”

Khattar should resign: Mahila Cong

Hundreds of Congress women wing members protested against the Haryana government over the Morni gangrape on Monday. The protesters made an effigy of Haryana chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and raised slogans against him.

All-India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev sought the resignation of Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and demanded suspension of women police SHO Rajesh Kumari. She along with other protesters claimed that if nothing is done, they will protest outside the Women Police Station in Sector 5.

First Published: Jul 24, 2018 13:46 IST