Four arrested in teenage gang-rape case in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, SEP 5 | Publish Date: 9/5/2020 12:27:43 PM IST

Imphal West District police on Saturday said it has arrested all four allegedly involved in the gang rape of a 14-year-old girl, a heinous crime that took place on September 2.

While assuring to submit the charge-sheet of the case within two months, the police appealed to the family of the victim girl to allow performing necessary post-mortem.

The victim was abandoned near a public pond at Mayang Imphal of Imphal West district after allegedly being gang raped succumbed at RIMS hospital the next day.

The body of the girl is at RIMS morgue after the family and relatives of the victim along with villagers who formed a joint action committee (JAC) in connection with the incident refused to accept the body demanding justice.

Addressing a press conference at the conference hall of Imphal West SP, IGP of Manipur police K Jayentakumar said that with the arrest of all the four accused , the police have established the main accused.

He claimed that police rushed to the spot where the girl was found abandoned and tried its best to save her by admitting her at a hospital immediately.

Unfortunately, she could not be saved, he added.

It may be mentioned here that on the same day of the crime, police arrested the boyfriend of the victim identified as Md Arish alias Maja Khan (19) son of Shikandar of Heibongmakhong Mathak Leikai. Allt he accused are in police custody.

As the crime is under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) case, the trial will be conducted at a first track court and police have to submit the charge-sheet within two months. 

For speedy investigation and to collect clear evidence, police desire to conduct necessary post-mortem before the body decomposes, he said.

The IGP opined that delay in the conduct of the post-mortem may lead to the loss of various important evidences related to the alleged sexual assault.

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