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Police round up three suspects involved in Panchkula gangrape

The victim has alleged eight to 10 men, including two cops, raped her daily in the guest house.

punjab Updated: Jul 23, 2018 12:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Panchkula
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Police on Saturday rounded up three suspects in connection with the gangrape of a 21-year-old Manimajra woman at a Morni guest house between July 15 and 18.

Sunny, the owner, and Avtar Singh, the manager of the illegal guest house, are already in police custody for raping and holding the woman captive at the guest house for four days.

Senior officials in Panchkula Police said they had also moved an application in court on Saturday to secure production warrants of both accused from Chandigarh.

Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajendar Kumar Meena said, “We have moved an application for the production warrants of the accused lodged in Burail jail, and will get it by Monday. Three persons have been rounded up on suspicion. A special investigation team is carrying out a probe in the case.”

The DCP visited the guest house for inspection on Saturday morning, and deputed police force there to secure the crime scene.

He said the identity of those rounded up cannot be shared due to the sensitivity of the case. “We are investigating each and every aspect of the case. We will question the suspects to establish their exact role. We cannot divulge more details as of now,” Meena added.

The victim has alleged eight to 10 men, including two cops, raped her daily in the guest house.

Her medical report has confirmed that she was raped and given sedatives in confinement.

Acted in line with SHO’s orders, says suspended ASI 

The woman ASI suspended over turning away the rape victim has claimed that she acted in line with the orders of the Women Police Station in-charge inspector Rajesh Kumari.

ASI Saraswati, who was suspended on Friday, was the duty officer at the police station when the 21-year-old victim approached them with a complaint on July 18.

On Saturday, she revealed her WhatsApp conversation with SHO Rajesh Kumari where the latter told her, “There is no PCR available and control room has declined that there is no vehicle in the district.” As per the screenshots of the conversation, the SHO sent her the contact number of Manimajra SHO to talk to him.

Later, she updated Kumari that the Manimajra SHO’s number was not reachable, following which she was directed to tell the victim to lodge a complaint with the Chandigarh police at Manimajra station, Saraswati claimed.

Panchkula DCP Rajendar Kumar Meena said, “We have come across the screenshots of the conversation, and the role of SHO will be examined. We will get the messages checked for authenticity, and act accordingly.”

Panchkula commissioner of police Charu Bali said, “Negligence on the part of any official will not be tolerated. A departmental inquiry of the entire episode will be done by a senior official.”

We must hang our heads in shame, tweets Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, president of Indian National Congress, tweeted about the case on Friday. “The rape of a young woman in Haryana, by 40 men, has shocked & disgusted me. Ironically, today in Parliament, I had drawn attention to the issue of growing violence against women. As a nation, we must hang our heads in shame, for our inability to protect this daughter of India,” Rahul wrote on the micro blogging website.

Major crimes against females in the past one year

November 2017: A 21-year-old Dehradun woman, who hired an auto-rickshaw while returning from an evening stenography class in Sector 37, was gangraped by the auto driver and his two aides. A court has charged the three accused with gangrape and criminal intimidation

July 2017: A 10-year-old girl was gangraped by her two maternal uncles. She gave birth to a girl in August. The accused were arrested.

May 20, 2018: An auto driver assaulted and tried to rape a 29-year-old Dehradun woman near the Sectors 34/35/43/44 roundabout. The accused was arrested after passers-by spotted the victim and rescued her

November 2017: A 17-year-old girl was found raped and murdered opposite Mayo Hospital in Sector 69, Mohali. Four people, including the victim’s aunt and cousin, were arrested in the case, which is currently under trial

August 2017: A Chandigarh-based DJ, Varnika Kundu, was stalked by Haryana BJP president Subhash Barala’s son Vikas and his friend Ashish while she was driving back home. The accused were arrested and released on bail. The case is sub-judice.

First Published: Jul 22, 2018 11:10 IST