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Three Bathinda men held for rape near Manali

The men kidnapped and raped two Class 12 students who were studying at a school in Himachal Pradesh.

punjab Updated: Jun 29, 2018 13:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bathinda
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Police arrested three Bathinda residents for allegedly raping two girls in Vashisht, a tourist spot, a place famous for its hot water springs near old Manali over two weeks ago.

All three arrested youths, Amandeep, 28, Ishu, 23, and Akshay, 23, were produced in a local court in Shimla on Wednesday and have been sent to judicial custody, said superintendent of police Shalini Agnihotri.

As per the complaint by a woman, the two girls went ‘missing’ from their school, were found on June 15 and the police had recovered the two girls from Vashisht on June 17.

In her complaint, she said her daughter was studying at a senior secondary school in Himachal Pradesh and had gone missing from school with her friend, who was also a student of Class 12. On June 21, the parents of the girls approached the police — alleging rape by five men, three men from Bathinda and two local men from Banjar, who worked in hotels.

At this, the police converted the kidnapping case they had earlier registered into a rape case.

Shalini Agnihotri said, “The two local men are absconding. We are on a lookout and both will soon be apprehended.”

First Published: Jun 28, 2018 12:42 IST