8 Rohtak ‘rapists’ held, ninth ‘commits suicide’

Police said they suspect more people were involved in the crime.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shalini Narayan | Rohtak | Updated: February 10, 2015 4:37:42 am
Rohtak Gangrape, Rohtak bus rape, Rohtak bus gangrape, Rohtak rape The victim had come from Nepal to live with sister.

The Haryana Police on Monday arrested eight men in connection with the alleged rape and murder of a Nepali woman in Rohtak. Another accused, who was absconding, reportedly committed suicide in Delhi’s Bawana area after consuming poison on Monday evening, police said.

Police said they suspect more people were involved in the crime. All the arrested men are in their twenties and hail from Gaddi Kheri village, about 10 km from Rohtak. They have been identified as Santosh, Rajesh, Sunil, Sarwar, Manbir, Sunil, Pawan and Pramod. Sources said Santosh, a Nepali national who works at the shop of one of the accused, was known to the victim and took her to the scene of the crime.

The accused who reportedly committed suicide has been identified as Sombir. His family told The Indian Express that they were told by the police that he had committed suicide. They said they were unaware of his involvement in the crime, but recalled that he was in a hurry to leave on Sunday night. “He boarded his motorcycle and said he had to leave immediately,” said his brother, who did not wish to be named.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced the arrests at Surajkund Crafts Mela Monday. Later in Chandigarh, he said the cops could have done better by arresting the accused earlier, but still lauded the police force for doing a “good job”. Khattar said that given the brutality of the crime, the state would seek exemplary punishment for the accused.

The 28-year-old woman, whose naked, half-eaten body was found off the Rohtak-Hisar bypass on February 4, was a Nepali citizen under treatment for depression in India, and had come to Rohtak two months ago to live with her elder sister.

Following the family’s allegations that the police delayed action after the first report was registered, Director General of Police Y P Singhal promised action if any lapses were found on the part of the police.

SSP Rohtak Shashank Anand said, “More men could be involved in this incident. We cannot divulge any more details.”

 

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