Ten days after a 19-year-old girl from Rewari district was gangraped, the Haryana Police on Sunday arrested two key accused in the case. One of the accused, Pankaj, is a serving Army personnel.
Pankaj, who is posted in Rajasthan, and his co-accused Manish had been on the run, while the third key accused Nishu was arrested earlier.
With the arrest of Manish and Pankaj, DGP BS Sandhu said, all key accused allegedly involved in the incident had now been arrested, reported PTI.
The gangrape had prompted opposition parties to demand Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s resignation on moral grounds, alleging the state had failed to protect its daughters.
The victim was abducted at a bus stop in Kanina town in neighbouring Mahendragarh district on September 12 when she was on her way to a coaching class, the police had earlier said.
She was allegedly drugged and raped by several people at a room housing a tubewell for irrigation. The police had earlier arrested the owner of the house, Deen Dayal, and one Doctor Sanjeev, who was allegedly called in to the crime spot by the accused to check the victim’s condition.
The police said the owner of the property gave the keys of the room to the accused youth where they committed the crime on 12 September. The police claimed the owner knew about the crime, but did not report it.
According to the police, the doctor was called by the accused when the condition of the victim deteriorated. The police said the medical practitioner did not inform the police though he knew that the victim had been sexually assaulted. The doctor has claimed that he was threatened by the accused.
Last week, the Haryana government had shunted out Rewari’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Duggal and replaced him with Rahul Sharma due to delay in the arrests.