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  1. Rohtak murder-cum-rape case: One accused commits suicide, 8 arrested

Rohtak murder-cum-rape case: One accused commits suicide, 8 arrested

Eight youths were today arrested in the brutal rape and murder of a mentally challenged Nepalese woman here while one more accused...

By: | Rohtak | Updated: February 9, 2015 10:35 PM
Students hold a protest march demanading justice for the gang rape victim, in Rohtak on Monday. PTI

Students hold a protest march demanading justice for the gang rape victim, in Rohtak on Monday. PTI

Eight youths were today arrested in the brutal rape and murder of a mentally challenged Nepalese woman here while one more accused in the case that has caused outrage and revulsion across the country allegedly committed suicide.

Haryana police, which was under attack over its handling of the incident, while announcing the arrests claimed that the case has been “cracked”.

DGP Yashpal Singhal, who visited the crime spot, told PTI that the arrested accused are in their twenties and appear to be criminals.

“The case has been cracked and eight youths out of total nine have been arrested from Gaddikhera village, some 9 km from Rohtak,” he said, adding that a Nepalese identified as Santosh was among them.

Other accused arrested in the case were identified as Rajesh alias Ghuchadu, Sunil alias Sheela, Sarvar alias Billu, Manbir, Sunil alias Madha, Pawan, Parmod alias Padam, he said.

Rohtak Superintendent of Police Shashank Anand said the ninth accused Sheelkaraam allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous tablets at Bavana falling in NCR region on Rohtak-Delhi border. Police was hot on his trail.

“All the accused had confessed to their involvement in crime,” Singhal claimed.

On the issue of alleged police apathy, the DGP said they swung into action the moment the complaint was lodged and a DSP rank officer is himself working on it.

“If, however, any lapse on the part of police officials is found, action will be taken as per law against them,” the DGP said.

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Girls lighting candles for the gang rape victim in Rohtak on Monday. (PTI)

Talking to reporters in Surajkund, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, “though it took police nine days to round up the accused, yet it was a major achievement as it was a blind case. The police acted promptly into the incident.”

“All efforts were being made to arrest the remaining accused and there is no laxity on part of the police to solve this case,” he added.

The Opposition Congress used the incident to target the BJP government in the state on the law and order situation, saying it was “yet to wake up from the slumber”, and demanded reconstitution of the SIT under an IG level officer to go into the horrific incident.

Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Parkash Dhankhar, who visited the family, said the state government has decided to give financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the victim.

In a grim reminder of the December 16, 2012 gang-rape in Delhi, a 28-year-old mentally-challenged woman from Nepal was brutally raped and murdered and her body dumped in a field at a village on the Rohtak-Hisar Highway here.

The woman was found brutally assaulted as the post-mortem report mentions several injuries on her private parts. Stones and blades were found in her stomach, the report said.

The victim had been residing with her sister for the past three months and was undergoing treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here.

The victim’s sister had lodged a complaint with police on February 1 and on February 4 the woman’s body was found from the fields in Akbarpur village with several injury marks on it, Anand had said.

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