Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Police closing in on Gadchiroli rape accused

Mazhar Ali, TNN 4 August 2009, 03:07am IST


CHANDRAPUR: Investigations into the kidnapping and molestation of staffers at a tribal ashram school by youths posing as Naxalites on Wednesday
night have reached the conclusive stage. Cops looking into the incident at village Rangi in Dhanora tehsil of Gadchiroli have reportedly identified the three accused involved in the act and are poised to arrest them.

Three youths reached the government-run ashram school in Rangi village late on Wednesday and claimed to be Naxals. They gathered all the staffers outside the school and thrashed the male employees for not "cooperating" with the ongoing Naxal martyr's week. Meanwhile, the three youths took three women staffers, including the school superintendent and two assistant teachers, into the jungle with them. While two of them were molested, one of the teachers was allegedly raped by the youths. The women staffers were allowed to go back to the school in a battered condition four hours later, in the predawn hours.

The formal complaint was filed on July 31, with SDPO Sandeep Bhajibhakre appointed to investigate the case. "The medical report of the victim women staffers suggests that one of them was raped that night. We have circulated sketches of the accused in nearby areas and the probe into the case has reached its conclusive stages," said the SDPO.
He refused to give precise details about the accused and the investigations, but said that the accused would be arrested soon. Sources in Gadchiroli police however claimed that all three accused have been identified and cops are poised to arrest them any time.

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