Murthal ‘rape’ report: ‘Men started harassing a few women…I don’t know if they escaped unharmed’

The incident is reported to have occurred on NH-1, near Sukhdev Dhaba.

Written by Abhishek Angad , Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Murthal | Jalandhar | Published:February 28, 2016 4:15 am
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Days after reports that several women were “raped” in Murthal, during the Jat quota protest on February 22, some eyewitnesses have recounted how a group of men “misbehaved” with a few women near the area.

The incident is reported to have occurred on NH-1, near Sukhdev Dhaba.

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Niranjan Singh, a truck owner-cum-driver, said his truck was torched by the mob on Monday afternoon, near Apollo International School in Barhi village on the highway, nearly four kilometres from the spot were the rape is alleged to have taken place. He said at around 11:30 am, when he was standing near his truck, he saw a few motorcycle-borne men harassing some women.

“A few women were walking near the school. These men told them to take a detour to avoid being beaten by the mob. When they took another path, these men started harassing the women,” said Singh, a resident of Pathankot.

“These men touched the women. At first, they snatched their jewellery and their bags. They then started pushing the women… one of them also slapped a woman. The women started screaming,” said Singh.

“I walked away from the place… I don’t know if those women escaped unharmed,” he said.

In Jalandhar, Satbir Singh Satti, who was driving from Chandigarh to Delhi on the night of February 21-22, claimed he saw some women who were running after abandoning their vehicles. A few of the women who could not run were “picked up” by some people, he said. “But I don’t know who they were and what happened later,” he said.

“At Murthal, a mob was stopping vehicles and attacking them. There were 100-150 vehicles,” said Satti, who was taking an NRI relative to the Delhi airport. “We left our vehicle and started running. We met two more women and a girl who were going to the airport. They were running barefeet, and had not even stopped to grab their footwear or passports,” he said.

Mohammad Shahin, who was heading back to Delhi from Panipat on Monday morning, said his vehicle was also torched near the area. “As soon as we crossed Sukhdev Dhaba, a few people started pelting stones. One of them hit my car with an iron rod… I rushed out and saw a man throwing a petrol bomb at my car. I escaped somehow,” he said.

He recounted that he and a few other men ran towards the field while most of the women ran towards the nearby dhabas. He said almost everyone in the mob was drunk. “I did not see them sexually assaulting any women but the mob was out of control,” he said.

“They threw stones at everyone… One woman was hurt. She started bleeding and was screaming,” said Manish Sharma, whose vehicle was also torched. He claimed that someone in the mob also started firing. “We managed to rush to a nearby dhaba,” said Sharma. The Haryana Police claimed that they had received no rape complaints so far.

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    Saurabh
    Feb 28, 2016 at 5:53 am
    History of jats is also quite disturbing.
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      Adrian Akau
      Feb 28, 2016 at 2:16 am
      No rape complaints as yet but what about the woman who was hit by stones or the ones running barefoot or the ones who were "picked up". If the mob was burning vehicles, drunk and throwing rocks, they may have done even more mischief to the women they either chased or took with them to the field.
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        ajay
        Feb 28, 2016 at 7:35 am
        We, the common people, pray and hope that there was no rape during riots. Indian media is praying and trying to create an atmosphere where everybody should believe there were rapes. Then media will have good item to discuss with self styled "buddhi jivis" and increase TRP.
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          Romi Dogra
          Feb 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm
          Reservation is a monster that has begun to destroy the nation. Can jats be allowed to do this because they are haryana's vote bank?
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            Dharmbhrasht Malik
            Feb 28, 2016 at 12:37 pm
            That bra and panty belonged to your mother who was doing striptease to pacify the jats.
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              javed
              Apr 12, 2016 at 8:08 am
              well said @Dharmbhrasht Malik
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                Kulmohan Singh
                Feb 28, 2016 at 7:33 am
                These rapists will make esteemed clients for lawyers. They will never beat the rapists in they way they beat that JNU Anti-National.
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                  Dharmander Malik
                  Feb 28, 2016 at 11:47 am
                  If someone found some undergarments near your house and label your brother as rapist without needing any victim, then Is it OK for you? This is the same thing happening here, after mive search and report by media no victim only few undergarments are enough to label one community as r****t.
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