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Woman gangraped in front of boyfriend in Goa; 2 accused held, one absconding

SNS Web | New Delhi |

The Goa Police on Saturday arrested two people in connection with a gang-rape case at Colva, while another person is still at large, a police officer said.

A woman was allegedly raped by three men in front of her boyfriend on a beach in South Goa district, police said.

The three accused were tourists from Indore. They have been charged with robbing and gangraping the 20-year-old girl late on Friday.

Two accused, who have been arrested by the police, were identified as 23-year-old Sanjiv Dhananjay Pal and 19-year-old Ram Santosh Bhariya.

“We have arrested Sanjiv Dhananjay Pal, 23, and Ram Santosh Bhariya, 19, both from Indore. We have teams on the lookout for the third accused, who is also from the same city. They are tourists who were visiting Goa,” Superintendent of Police (South Goa) Arvind Gawas told IANS on Saturday.

Police added that medical examination of the victim has confirmed rape.

An FIR was filed late on Friday at the Colva police station under sections 376 (rape) and 394 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code.

The victim, who hails from a nearby village, had also claimed that the sexual assault was filmed by the alleged rapists and she was blackmailed by them against informing the police.

“They stripped the couple, clicked their photographs and demanded money,” said a senior police official.

Later, the three men gangraped the woman in front of her boyfriend.

(With agency inputs)