Atrocities at Murthal: Seven booked for gang rape

Chandigarh: The Haryana Police yesterday registered a case of gang rape after a woman from Delhi’s Narela area filed a complaint, even as a senior police officer said she could not confirm if the incident was linked to alleged Murthal gang rapes.

The woman called up the helpline of the all-women Special Investigation Team set up to investigate the alleged gang rape of at least 10 women commuters in Murthal in Haryana’s Sonepat district last Monday (February 22) during the pro-reservation Jat stir.

“I cannot say if this incident is linked to the alleged Murthal gang rapes. We are investigating. I am going to Delhi to record her statement,” said SIT head and Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajshree Singh.

She added that seven people have been booked in the gang rape case.

Police sources said the complainant said she could identify all seven accused, including her brother-in-law, who committed the crime on February 22-23 night.

Survivor complains
“She complained that she was travelling from Haridwar when her bus broke down near Murthal. She said she boarded a van (taxi) in which other people, including women, were also travelling. However, the van was stopped by some people, who pulled them out and gang raped her in the fields,” Rajshree Singh said, adding that investigations into the complaint had begun.

Police sources said a personal dispute in the case could not be ruled out.

A team of three women police officers — DIG Rajshree Singh, DSPs Bharti Dabas and Surinder Kaur was formed by Haryana government to investigate the allegation of sexual assault on the intervening night of February 22 and 23.

Truck drivers deny seeing rape during stir

Three truck drivers yesterday denied having witnessed any incident of alleged molestation or rape of women during the pro-quota Jat agitation at Murthal in Sonipat district, Haryana police said yesterday. “Three truck drivers have denied
that they had seen molestation or rape of women (at Murthal),” Haryana Police, DIG, Rajshree Singh said. Truck drivers Sukhwinder, Abdul Wahid and Yadwinder have, however, said that their trucks were burnt by agitators.

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