Gurgaon: In the latest from the horrific rape incident in Rohtak, police have nabbed three of the five accused of gang-raping a Dalit woman twice in three years in Haryana.
Three years ago 21-year old was raped by three men in Bhiwani (Haryana) and after the FIR the police had arrested only two of the accused and they too were set on bail. The incident of 2013 forced the family to move to Rohtak.
The same group of men allegedly abducted the woman from a local college a second time a week ago and gang-raped her before dumping her near Sukhpura Chowk.
Haryana director general of police KP Singh said on Tuesday three of the accused have been caught in Rohtak, while the other two were on the run.
The woman reportedly told police that she was raped again by the five accused because she was unwilling to withdraw the case against them. But one of the accused’s wife alleged that the complainant demanded Rs 50 lakh to withdraw the case.
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A rape case was registered against the three accused – besides absconders — on the basis of her complaint the next day, he added.
The DGP claimed it was police – not passersby – who found the victim lying unconscious near Sukhpura Chowk, and admitted her to a hospital.
The three arrested people approached police with CCTV footage as evidence that they were not in Rohtak on the day of the alleged incident.
While two showed footage “proving” that they were in Bhiwani on Wednesday, a third came up with evidence that he was in Ambala.
The family of the fourth accused reportedly approached the police with a mobile phone indication of his location that day.
“We will be collecting DNA samples from the victim and the three accused to ascertain whether the allegations are true… The three arrested, they are the same men who had raped her earlier,” said Pushpa Khatri, the investigating officer, adding that the woman was in a stable condition.
The family have told media that the men had threatened to rape her again as “punishment” for not agreeing to an out-of-court settlement.