Visakhapatnam (Rural) Police has launched a search for eight youths who allegedly gang-raped two tribal girls who were taking shelter in a school during a heavy downpour Saturday night. The two girls accompanied by two male friends from the tribal village of Lambasingi in Chintapalli mandal had gone to a village fair in the neighouring village of Tajangi in Chintapalli mandal on Saturday evening. However, the fair was cancelled as it stared raining suddenly. As it was raining heavily, the two girls and the two youths took shelter in the Tajangi village school. Circle Insector K Chandrasekhar Rao said that eight youths came into the school and started harassing them.
“They thrashed the male friends and took away their mobile phones and locked them in one room. The culprits then dragged one girl to a bathroom and another to another room and allegedly gang raped them. They have identified two persons—Porabu Varun and L Nagendra. Varun is the son of Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency chairman of TDP Porabu Angad Rao. The girls and their two friends have said that they would be able to identify the remaining six persons if produced before them. All the eight youths belong to nearby villages and are absconding from their homes. We have sent out teams to nab these eight persons and they may be picked up by tonight,’’ Inspector Rao said.
The girls in their complaint to police also said that when they informed about the rape to their parents, instead of going to police they went to the sarpanch of their Lambasingi village who asked them not to lodge a police complaint. The sarpanch and village elders summoned the relatives of the two identified accused youths and told them to pay Rs 50,000 each to the girls as compensation. The girls said in the complaint that they don’t want compensation and instead lodged the police complaint as they want the culprits to be punished. Inspector Rao said that the two girls have been sent for medical examination on Tuesday.