A couple was murdered and a minor girl and her married cousin were allegedly gangraped by robbers who went on a rampage at Dingerheri village in Haryana’s Mewat district around midnight Wednesday, said police.
Around four to five robbers terrorised two families living in single-room establishments within 200 metres of each other for three hours, according to one of the rape victims. An FIR was registered on her complaint at Tauru police station. The couple was in their forties and related to the other family.
The 20-year-old complainant had come to visit her uncle in the village. She alleged that “four to five men” barged into her uncle’s home around midnight. She said in her complaint she was sleeping in a room with three younger cousins and her aunt and uncle were sleeping outside when the robbers came.
She said they took the girls’ chunnis, tied up her aunt and uncle to a bed outside and beat them with sticks, said police. She alleged they came back into the room and three of them took turns raping her and her 15-year-old cousin, police added.
She said in her complaint that before targeting their house, the robbers had assaulted her uncle’s brother-in-law and his wife who lived nearby. Both died of injuries in hospital, said police.
The complainant said the robbers took valuables from the house and emptied the grain tank. They locked the girls in the room and made off with the loot as well as the family’s motorcycle, she stated in the complaint.
Police and residents of the village were alerted about the incident only after one of the complainant’s cousins managed to escape from the locked room and inform their grandfather, who was sleeping near a tubewell quite some distance away. In the FIR, the complainant said the men were armed with at least one desi katta (country-made pistol).
The complainant, her uncle, aunt, and cousins are admitted to hospital. While the children have minor injuries, the complainant’s aunt and uncle have “more serious injuries”, but both are stable, said police.
Police registered the case under sections 459 (grievous hurt caused whilst committing lurking house trespass or house-breaking), 460 (trespass), and 376D (gangrape) of the Indian Penal Code, relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and the Arms Act. No arrests have been made yet, said police.
“The modus operandi in the case appears to be slightly different so we are keeping all options open at this point. We have also found some important clues from the scene of the crime and are working on those. We hope to identify and nab the men behind this soon,” said Mamta Singh, IGP, South Range.