A WOMAN and her minor daughter, who were on their way from Noida to Shahjahanpur with four other family members, were allegedly gangraped by a gang of dacoits in Bulandshahr district, on the Delhi-Kanpur highway, early on Saturday morning.
According to reports, a Noida-based private sector employee, his wife, two daughters and two other male relatives were on their way to attend a funeral in Shahjahanpur, when their vehicle was stopped near Dostpur village on NH-91 at around 2:30 am. The family told the police that the road had been blocked with an “iron rod”, due to which they were forced to stop the vehicle.
As soon as they stopped the vehicle, about half-a-dozen armed dacoits reportedly surrounded them. According to the FIR, the dacoits forced the family to walk into the thickets, about 50 metres from the highway, and looted their cash, jewellery, ATM cards and other valuables.
They then allegedly dragged the woman, 45, and her elder daughter, 15, some distance away and raped them, while holding the male members of the family at gunpoint.
The ordeal continued for about two hours, after which the dacoits left the family. The victims then went to the Dehat Kotwali police station.
The complainant later told the Meerut Range DIG Laxmi Singh and Bulandshahr SSP Vaibhav Krishna, who visited the police station, that he reported the incident to SHO R S Singh and other policemen present at the police station, but nobody took the initiative to visit the spot and look for the dacoits.
The SSP suspended the SHO for dereliction of duty.
“An FIR has been lodged against seven-eight miscreants on charges of dacoity and gangrape. Police teams have been formed to nab the accused,” said the SSP.
Sources said the STF team has also been roped in to track the accused.
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