After over four months since the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts first took place, the police made its first arrest in one of the six cases of alleged gangrape of victims staying in the relief camps.
Muzaffarnagar SSP H N Singh confirmed that the Uttar Pradesh Police’s special investigation cell (SIC), which is probing into the riot-related cases, has identified a total of 22 locals, all belonging to the Hindu community, who were allegedly involved in the gangrape of the riot victims. One of the accused was arrested Friday with arrest warrants obtained against each of them, Singh confirmed.
As many as six cases of gangrape were lodged at Fugana police station in September by the women staying at the relief camps.
Fugana was one of the worst riot-affected areas. Even the accused — all 22 of them — are residents of Fugana village, according to the police.
SSP Singh confirmed that the arrest of Vedpal, 40, on Friday is the first in any case of sexual violence lodged by the riot victims.
SIC Inspector Mala Yadav, who is investigating the case, said Vedpal, a farmer, has been sent to jail.
National Human Rights Commission chairman Justice K G Balakrishnan, who was present in Lucknow along with other members of the commission last week, had raised the issue of the cases of violence against women while also criticising the police for failing to make any arrests.
The Commission had asked the state government to “ensure quick and expeditious action” in these cases.
Gallantry award for four policemen
Inspector Govind Singh who was killed during an encounter with a criminal in Mau in 2012 will be awarded President’s police medal for gallantry on Republic Day. Others include inspector Rajesh Kumar Verma, sub-inspector Rakesh Kumar and head constable Satayendra Kumar, who had arrested six hardcore criminals in Meerut last year. ens