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Mainpuri ‘gangrape’: Main accused nabbed after shootout, says Police

The police had declared a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on Satendra’s whereabouts after his aides Anil Kumar alias Amit and Shilendra Yadav were arrested from Etah district on July 9.

Mainpuri 'gangrape': Main accused nabbed after shootout, says Police
Mainpuri Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajai Shankar Rai said, “We will seek police custody of all the three accused to collect more evidence against them.”

In another breakthrough in the Mainpuri highway abduction and gangrape case, a police team Friday arrested the main accused, Lalu alias Satendra, after a shootout in Kurawali police station area. Satendra suffered a gunshot injury in his leg in an exchange of fire and was admitted to a hospital. A police constable, Sardar Singh, was also injured, police said.
The police had declared a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on Satendra’s whereabouts after his aides Anil Kumar alias Amit and Shilendra Yadav were arrested from Etah district on July 9.
Mainpuri Superintendent of Police (SP) Ajai Shankar Rai said, “We will seek police custody of all the three accused to collect more evidence against them.”
Station house officer of Kurawali police station, Shiv Singh Chauhan, said on a tip-off, a police team laid a trap at Jengan Lakhora village. Around 1:30 am, the police spotted two persons on a motorcycle. When police signalled to them to stop, the assailants opened fire. The policemen fired back, he said.
“Satendra suffered a bullet injury on the left leg while a constable, Sardar Singh, suffered a bullet injury on the right leg. Satendra’s aide, however, managed to escape. Satendra and Sardar Singh are admitted to hospital and doctors said their condition is stable,” said Shiv Singh Chauhan, adding that Satendra had confessed.
Hailing from Mainpuri district, Satendra was also wanted in a robbery case lodged in Etah in May this year, police said.
Police claimed to have recovered a motorcycle, a country made pistol and eight live cartridges from Satendra’s possession. “We also recovered cash and a pair of anklet belonging to the woman victim from the possession of the accused,” said Chauhan, adding that five cases were pending against Satendra.
Anil Kumar and Shilendra are presently lodged at Etah district jail. Police had recovered a car allegedly used in abduction of the woman, as well as her bag containing her husband’s Aadhaar card, the registration papers of the motorcycle in which the couple were travelling and Rs 5,000 from the possession from the possession of Anil and Shilendra.
The police said the arrested accused had confessed to have abducted and raped the woman before dumping her in Etah district on July 5.
The SP said the gang targets couples travelling on highway and gangrape the women after looting valuables. Police are searching for two more gang members, although they may not be involved in the Mainpuri case, the SP added.
On July 5, rape gangvictim along with her husband, a Dalit, was on way to his relatives’ house in Mainpuri from Bulandshahr district, when three youths in a car intercepted their motorcycle. The three beat up the man and focibly took the woman inside their car at gunpoint. Before leaving, the assailants also smashed the motorcycle.
The man later called the police control room and a police team from Bichhwan Police Station arrived in two vehicles. When he told them about the incident, the policemen did not believe him. Cops thrashed the man with sticks, claiming that he was fabricating the abduction story after killing his wife and dumping her body.
Later, a police team from Kurawali police station arrived and took the man with him since the incident had occurred in Kurawali area. The Bichhwan police had informed Kurawali police station about the incident.
Around five hours later, the woman reached Kurawali police station and claimed that the assailants gangraped her before dumping her in Etah.
SP Ajai Shankar Rai had suspended Bichhwan police station SHO Rajesh Pal Singh and police constables Krishnaveer and Chhatrapati.
Later, on the husband’s complaint police lodged FIR against Rajesh Pal and three unidentified police constables under attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt, and also under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act at Kurawali police statiion.
Mainpuri Additional SP O P Singh said, “The police have obtained an arrest warrant against Rajesh Pal Singh, Krishnaveer and Chhatrapati, who are absconding, from a local court of Etah. A search is on for them.”