NEW DELHI: One of the three accused person has been arrested after a 19-year-old college student was allegedly kidnapped and gang-raped by a group of men in Haryana.
The two main accused, including an Indian Army soldier, are still on the run. The police have offered a reward of Rs. 1 lakh for anyone who gives them any leads.
SIT chief Nazneen Bhasin said raids were being conducted to arrest the other two main accused.
Earlier today, a registered medical practitioner, who first attended to the woman, and a villager on whose property she was found, were also arrested in connection with the crime.
“The doctor was there until the rape ended and didn’t inform any authority points to the fact that he didn’t take correct legal action. Evidence also points out that he was involved in the actual act as well. Further forensics will clear the matter”, Ms Bhasin said.
The second-year student, who was a CBSE school topper and had been felicitated by the government, was on her way to a coaching centre near her village when three young men, who came in a car, allegedly kidnapped her, drugged her, and then took her to a secluded spot, where they raped her.
The National Commission for Women stepped in Saturday as an army man and two others accused of raping a woman in Haryana’s Mahendragarh district continued to evade arrest.
The victim’s father has said 8 or 10 men may have raped her but she could identify only three of them.
An army soldier posted in Rajasthan named Pankaj was the main accused, Haryana’s Director General of Police BS Sandhu said, adding that efforts are on to arrest him. The other accused are Manish and Nishu.
Haryana Police on Saturday released the photographs of the three accused.
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A top army officer said the force did not shelter criminals and it would facilitate the arrest of the accused.
“If an army personnel is involved in the crime we will facilitate that the person is caught and booked for rape. We do not shelter criminals”, Lt Gen Cherish Mathson, general officer commanding-in-chief, south western command said, according to news agency ANI.
In her complaint, the victim said that Pankaj and Manish drugged her and took her near a well in a car where she recognised Nishu after gaining consciousness. However, she was again drugged and allegedly gangraped.
The victim’s mother had accused the police of delay in acting after a complaint was filed, but Bhasin countered the charge. She said the police sent out raiding teams when they were told about the crime. “But the accused had left the place on the day of incident, according to their mobile forensics.”
The police provided security to the victim’s family on the directions of Haryana State Women Commission chairperson Pratibha Suman. Victim’s condition is stable as per reports.