No more arrests in Rewari gang-rape

Posted on September 18, 2018 from Punjab, National ι Report #224158

Chandigarh, Sep 18 (IANS) Almost a week after a 19-year-old woman was gang-raped after being drugged, the Haryana Police and its SIT have failed to nab two of the three main accused.

Having patted themselves after making the first arrest from among the three main accused on Sunday evening, over 100 hours after the incident, the Haryana police have been clueless about the other two main accused.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Sunday evening announced the arrest of Nishu. SIT chief Nazneen Bhasin had said that raids were on to nab two other accused -- soldier Pankaj and Manish.

The three three had gang-raped the young woman on September 12.

The SIT also announced the arrest of two other men - Deendayal, the owner of a tubewell room where the crime took place in Mahendragarh district, and Sanjeev Kumar, a medical practitioner who had treated the victim.

Both were booked as they did not inform police despite knowing about the crime.

Nishu and the other two have been sent to police custody by a court in Kanina till September 21.

Police had earlier announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for providing information on the absconding accused, all residents of Kanina village.

The victim, who has identified her attackers, and her parents had earlier accused the police of not taking action and dealing with the matter casually.

The family alleged that 8-10 men could be involved in the gang rape.

The accused, who belong to the same village as the victim and knew her, allegedly kidnapped the victim from Kanina bus stand while she was on her way for coaching classes.

She said they gave her sedative-laced water to drink and gang-raped her in a room in agricultural fields till she fell unconscious. They later dumped her at a bus stop near her village.

Accused Manish even called up her father and told him to pick her from the bus stand.