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Swiss woman gangrape: Congress says cops caught innocent people

The six accused were remanded in police custody for a day.

The six accused arrested in connection with the gangrape of a Swiss national were remanded in police custody for a day on Monday but the opposition Congress alleged that innocent persons had been framed.

The Madhya Pradesh Police,however,insisted that the accused had confessed to the crime and that the recovery of victim’s laptop and mobile phone from them proved their involvement.

DIG D K Arya said authorities had requested the Swiss Embassy to send the victim and her husband to Datia at the earliest to facilitate identification of the accused. The couple had left for Delhi on Saturday.

The Opposition Congress,which protested inside and outside the Assembly against the deteriorating law and order situation in the state,alleged that the real culprits were yet to be arrested. Congress legislator Govind Singh claimed the police had picked up wrong persons to show that they had cracked the case.

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Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh,who led the party’s protest at Datia,demanded a CBI inquiry to trace the real culprits.

The party demanded resignation of state Home Minister Umashankar Gupta inside the Assembly,where its legislators disrupted the proceedings forcing the speaker to adjourn the House twice during question hour and later for the day after rushing through the day’s business quickly.

Shouting slogans and sporting black aprons,the Congress legislators did not let the house to function though they had demanded discussion on the law and order issue.

Swiss couple to stay in India,help in probe

NEW DELHI: The Swiss woman who was allegedly gangraped in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district last Friday has decided to stay in India and help investigating agencies with their probe,the Swiss Ambassador said on Monday.

Confirming that the victim and her husband were staying at the Swiss Embassy here,the Ambassador of Switzerland to India,Dr Linus von Castelmur,said,“The victims reached New Delhi in the early hours of March 17. They were provided medical assistance on their arrival and are currently recovering.” Castelmur added that the couple had expressed their “readiness to fully cooperate” with the ongoing investigation and identification process. “They will continue to stay in India for the moment,” the Ambassador said.

Thanking the MP Police for their cooperation,the Embassy said it would extend all help required in the probe. ENS

Chouhan expresses regret

Expressing regret over the gangrape,Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the state government would come out with a mechanism to monitor the journey of foreigners through the state. He said the government would proactively take care of foreigners. “The crime against the Swiss couple is unfortunate,saddening and painful,” he said while sharing the details of conviction of people involved in crimes against women in the recent past. In last three months,six rapists have been awarded death penalty,22 given life imprisonment and 19 have been sentenced to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in MP. ENS