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Police arrest 16 in Dumka gang-rape case

A 19-year-old tribal girl travelling with her boyfriend was allegedly gang-raped and assaulted by at least eight men in Dumka district on September 6

ranchi Updated: Sep 09, 2017 13:38 IST
Bedanti Saran
Bedanti Saran
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
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Arrested gang-rape accused standing in a row in Dumka(HT Photo)

Dumka police have arrested 16 youths, all aged between 18-24 years, allegedly involved in the gruesome gang rape of a 19-year old tribal girl on September 6.

“At least eight of the arrested youths had raped the girl while others supported them in the heinous crime,” police said.

The incident occurred on Wednesday between 8-9 pm when the girl, travelling on a motorcycle along with her boyfriend, was intercepted by a group of five-six young men at Digghi locality. The miscreants then threatened the victim and her friend wielding daggers and dragged the girl to a nearby secluded place. They summoned some of their friends and all raped the girl one-by-one and assaulted her. One of the them had made a video of the whole incident.

Dumka superintendent of police Mayur Patel Kanhiya Lal said, “16 accused have been arrested on the basis of evidences against them. We have collected several articles from the spot including cloths, hair pin, dagger and others and sent them to forensic science laboratory for further examination. A special probe team has been constituted to expedite the investigation, which is still on.”

Those arrested were identified as Daniel Kisku, 20, Saddam Ansari, 24, Anil Rana, 23, Kurban Ansari, 19, Suraj Soren, 21, Shahbaj Ansari, 20, Jiya-ul-Ansari, 19, Imran Ansari, 19, Shailendra Marandi, 20, Jai Prakash Hembrom, 20, Suman Soren, 19, Alvinush Hansda, 19, Marshal Murmu, Subhash Hansda, John Murmu and Habil Tudu. The police are verifying the age of the last four youths but asserted that they are not minors.

According to the FIR lodged with the Mofussil police station on the basis of victim’s statement, the girl, along with her boyfriend, had gone to Digghi college at 5.30 pm on a motorbike. While returning, they stopped at a place to attend the nature’s call. Soon, four-five youths came there and inquired about their purpose of making a halt at that place. They demanded money from them charging the victim and her friend of finding a hideout to get physical intimacy.

When the victim reacted, the accused youths assaulted her and her friend snatching their mobile phones and money. The accused summoned some of their friends. Soon 15-20 local youths assembled there and dragged the girl to a nearby bushes and raped her.

The girl informed the police that she had heard names of Daniel, Anil, Suraj, Saddam, Shahbaj, Kurban, Imran and Jaiya-ul while they were outraging her modesty. She told police that she could not recall other names. She fell unconscious after resisting for a while, the girl told the police.

After regaining consciousness, the girl and her friend somehow managed to reach the police station, she said.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 13:38 IST