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Russian rape case: main accused held
Published on 30 Jan. 2010 1:15 AM IST
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Aman Bharadwaj, the main accused in the rape of a Russian minor girl, has been arrested in Chembur, in Mumbai, Goa police said Friday evening. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Deputy Inspector General of police Ravindra Yadav said Bharadwaj was arrested by a Goa police team in Chembur Friday evening. “We had got a tip off that he was in Chembur. Our team picked him up, they are on their way back,” Yadav said. The police have already arrested Anil Raghuvanshi, the second accused in the Jan 26 rape, at a city bus stand in the morning. Bharadwaj and Raghuvanshi, both employees of a pharmaceutical company in Dhargal, 45 km from here, are accused of raping a nine-year-old Russian girl at Arambol beach. In her complaint to the Goa police, the victim’s mother had alleged that while Raghuvanshi had distracted her with conversation, Bharadwaj had raped her daughter who was bathing in the sea. The complaint had triggered a nationwide media debate on the safety of women, especially women tourists in Goa. The union tourism ministry had shot off a letter to the state government seeking details on the issue of safety of tourists in the state. The Russian embassy had also warned of issuing a tourist advisory against Goa, if the state authorities could not spruce up their act. This is not the first instance of a crime against a Russian woman in the tourist state. A 25-year-old Russian woman was raped by a Goan politician in December last year. Police have also been unable to crack the mysterious death of Russian teenager Elena Sukhonova, whose mangled body was found on the railway tracks near Thivim, 25 km from Panaji. Nearly 40,000 Russian tourists visit Goa annually. Russia asks India to punish the pervert Pointing out that Russians never thought that “such a terrible thing” would happen to them in India, Ambassador Alexander Kadakin said his government demanded urgent action against the criminals involved in Tuesday’s rape of a nine-year-old child in Goa. “This perverted criminal must be caught and punished severely. Can you imagine a crime like that on a nine-year-old? Unfortunately this is not the first case of this nature and we expect the Indian side to catch the culprits involved in the abhorrent crime.” Mr. Kadakin was talking to journalists on the sidelines of a function here on Thursday to felicitate the former Union Minister and Governor, Bhishma Narain Singh, on being awarded the Order of Friendship, the highest Russian award to a foreign national. Mr. Kadakin pointed out though Russia was unhappy also with how the Goa police investigated an earlier rape of a Russian in December last, it would desist from issuing a travel advisory because it expected the Indian government to take swift and deterrent action. If the investigations were not conducted properly, “we will draw our own conclusions.” On the forthcoming visit of Russian National Security Adviser (NSA) Nikolai Patrushev, a few days after the London meet on Afghanistan, the Ambassador said it was part of the regular contacts at the highest levels between the two governments. But this would be the first meeting between the new National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and an NSA of another country. “We have known Mr. Menon as a good friend of our country. He has done a lot to promote our friendship and it will be good to interact with him as part of our regular consultations on security measures,” said Mr. Kadakin.

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