Police officials of Kanke police station with 12 accused. Courtesy: The Telegraph
Ranchi: Amid the shock following the rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad, the news of a 25-year-old tribal Law student gang-raped by 12 people has been reported from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand.
A friend of the victim was also taken hostage by the rapists. Kanke police, under whose jurisdiction the area where the horrific incident took place falls, has arrested all the 12 accused. But in the run up to Assembly elections when the police remains proactive, the reporting of such an incident, especially from the state capital, raises serious concerns on the law and order of the state.
On Tuesday evening (November 26), a student of National Law University was returning to her university with a male friend, a student of BIT, Meshra. The duo stopped at a bus stand near Sangrampur area and were talking to each other when a car and a Pulsar bike stopped in front of the duo. There were nine people who insisted to drop the duo to the university. The men forced them to sit in the car and when the boy opposed, someone took out a country-made revolver and placed it on his head.
Following this, the perpetrators took the girl to a brick kiln making site and invited three more men and took turns to rape her. After the gang-rape, they dropped her at the Sangrampur bridge around 10 PM.
The police was able to trace the accused with help from the victim’s friend. Rural Superintendent of Police Rishav Kumar said that all the accused are residents of Sangrampur itself. The police recovered a pistol, a local made revolver and two magazines from them.
The name of accused are —Sunil Munda, Kuldeep Urao, Sunil Urao, Sandeep Tirkey, Ajay Munda, Rajan Urao, Navin Urao, Aman Urao, Basant Kachyap, Ravi Urao, Rohit Urao and Rishi Urao. The age group of accused are between 18 to 30.
Police said that medical examination of the girl has been conducted. No injury has been noted on the body of the victim. They also claimed that they will recommend the case to a fast track court for speedy punishment of the accused.
Meanwhile, it has been alleged that the police did not reveal the news of the incident until media found about it on Thursday. Significantly, the news came to fore on the eve of first phase of voting in Jharkhand.
Congress has put the Raghubar Das government in dock for the deteriorating law and order in the state. Subodh Kant Sahay, Congress leader, held a press conference and claimed that more than 5,000 rape cases have taken place during the Raghubar Das government.