A 45-year-old gangrape victim was allegedly shot at and seriously injured by the accused while she was on way to the court along with her two nephews at a village in Kairana police station area of Shamli district. The incident took place Friday afternoon. The victim’s family have named seven persons, including the four gangrape accused, for the attack alleging that they had been pressuring them to withdraw the case and had also threatened of dire consequences.
Police, however, suspect that the incident of firing could have been cooked up by the victim and her family to settle scores with the accused as both the families have an old land dispute and already five cases have been lodged from both the sides.
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Talking to The Sunday Express, SHO of Kairana police station, AP Bharadwaj said, “The locals have told the police to have heard the gunshots and having seen two persons running away from the place informed by the victim and her family. But, those who were seen running could have been planted by the victim’s family. We have sought medical report about injuries of the victim from the doctors attending her. She has sustained injury on her hand and leg”.
The gangrape accused were free as they had procured stay against their arrest from the High Court, the SHO added.
According to the complaint lodged with the police, the victim and her two nephews were going to court on a motorcycle to know the status of her case when four unidentified persons fired at them. While the two youths reportedly took shelter in a nearby field, the victim could not run and reportedly suffered three gunshot wounds on her one leg and hand. She was initially rushed to the community health centre from where she was referred to Meerut where doctors stated her condition to be stable.
A case has been lodged against seven persons including the four gangrape accused – Shamshad, Zinda, Zameel and Irshad — on several charges, including attempt to murder, at the Kairana police station on a complaint filed by one of the nephews. The other three accused included Israr, Sarvar and Meer. All the accused are neighbours of the victim.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Shamli, Anil Jha said that there was an old dispute between the accused and victim’s family over possession of six bigha land in their village in Shamli. As many as five cases have been lodged into the dispute from both the sides.
“Looking into the dispute, we have sought report from the surgeon at the Meerut hospital who is attending to the victim about the nature of injuries sustained by her,” added Jha.
One of the nephews accompanying the woman, said, “Since after the rape case was lodged, the named accused have been threatening us to withdraw it. I had even lodged a complaint regarding the threats to the police two months ago, but no action was initiated.”
On Friday afternoon, he said, “We three were on way to the court in Muzaffarnagar and had travelled hardly a kilometre when four persons carrying firearms appeared from a field and intercepted us. As they started firing, my cousin and I left the vehicle and ran inside a field. My aunt, however, could not run and the assailants fired at her and fled on two motorcycles.”
He claimed that locals arrived there hearing the gunshots and informed the police. “After the locals arrived, we carried aunt to the hospital,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the gangrape case was lodged on February 29 on court’s direction. In her complaint, the woman had alleged that the incident occured when she was alone in her house on January 10, this year. She claimed that the four accused barged into the house and raped her. When police did not register the FIR, the victim moved the local court. Later, on court’s direction, the police lodged the FIR.
Investigating officer in the gangrape case, sub inspector Shesh Pal Singh said, the chargesheet against the four accused has been filed in the court.