Updated: June 18, 2021 5:16:44 am
One of the three primary accused in the gangrape and murder of two minors in Assam’s Kokrajhar district was “grievously injured” after being shot by the police when he was allegedly trying to escape during a search operation, officials said on Thursday.
Two girls — aged 14 and 16 years — were found hanging dead from a tree in Kokrajhar district last week. Police claimed this week that according to confessions from the seven arrested men, the girls were raped and murdered.
“…One of the accused tried to escape during search operation… police had to fire to prevent him from escaping. He’s grievously injured and hospitalised,” Assam’s Special DGP (Law and Order), GP Singh, tweeted.
Kokrajhar SP Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar said that one of the three main accused told the police that he could lead to a hidden mobile phone. “At the spot where he took the police, there was actually a machete hidden — and no mobile phone. He grabbed the machete and tried to attack policemen and escape,” Thube said.
Although prima facie it had appeared to the police that it was a case of suicide, the families of the victims had alleged that they were murdered.
On Monday, Assam Police announced that case was solved — three of the accused were directly involved in the rape and murder, while the four others had destroyed evidence and misled police in the course of the investigation.
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