Four days after a 19-year-old girl was gangraped in Rewari, the eight-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe the incident on Sunday claimed to have arrested three people including the main accused in the case. One of the accused, who is an army personnel, is still absconding.
“Within 30 hours the SIT has arrested two people – Deen Dayal and Dr Sanjeev. The main accused Nishu has been nabbed, he is on his way,” Nazneen Bhasin, who is in charge of the SIT, said in a press conference.
Those arrested include the owner of the tubewell where the incident took place and a doctor. “Deen Dayal is owner of the tube-well where the incident took place. Sanjeev is a doctor who was found to be involved, as per all our evidence. The main accused Nishu, had pre-planned this and then called the doctor to the spot later,” added Bhasin.
Elaborating the role of Sanjeev in the crime, Bhasin said, “Dr. Sanjeev’s involvement is proved as it was in his knowledge that the girl was held by three boys and she was not conscious about the things happening. He was part of the plan till the end and he didn’t inform any authority.”
“Sanjeev has been booked under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and police expect to make more arrests soon. Over 100 people have already been questioned in the case,” Bhasin said.
According to police, the Deen Dayal, who hails from the same village as the victim and the three main accused, had provided the latter with the key to the room next to the tubewell, where the incident took place. He has been arrested on the basis of ‘technical evidence’, say police, and is being questioned further.
“The three men had taken the key to the room from the tubewell owner on the day of the incident, and he has also been in hiding since the crime. He has made some revelations before the SIT, on the basis of which we are conducting further searches for the main accused,” said Bhasin.
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar summoned the DGP and reviewed the progress in the investigation. He directed the DGP to ensure the arrest of all the accused at the earliest, PTI reported.
Calling it an ‘unfortunate’ incident, Khattar said, “Three accused have been identified. It’s unfortunate they (accused-victim) knew each other. It’s even more unfortunate that one accused is an Army personnel. Search is underway. We’ve announced a reward of Rs 1 Lakh on their head. They’ll be nabbed soon.”
Following the outrage over the incident, Rewari Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Duggal was transferred. Rahul Sharma has taken over as the new SP of Rewari, ANI reported.
The family of the teenager, meanwhile, continues to seek justice. The victim’s mother, earlier today, declared that she intends to return the Rs 2 lakh cheque given to her husband by the Chief Judicial Magistrate and Secretary of District Legal Services Authority, Vivek Yadav under the Haryana Victim Compensation Scheme 2013.
“Such a crime has been committed with my daughter and, instead of giving justice, they have given us this cheque…We want justice, not a cheque. Is this the price of my daughter’s respect? I am returning this cheque,” she said.
The incident had occurred on September 12, when the BSc student was abducted by three men from her village after her father dropped her off to the bus stop from where she had intended to walk to her coaching class.
The accused met the girl across the road and allegedly offered her a drink that made her unconscious. In the FIR registered, the teenager has alleged that when she gained consciousness, she was at a tubewell, where she also saw another boy from her village.
The accused, however, gave her some more water, following which she became unconscious again. The teenager has stated that the men then sexually assaulted her, before dropping her off at the same bus stop, and called up her father to inform him that she was unwell. Police said the medical investigation had also confirmed rape.
Her father has, since, claimed that the girl told him, after she was picked up from the bus stop, that although she only recognizes the three men who abducted her, there were ‘8 or 10 others’ who were also present.