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Pulling up their socks, Patna police have decided to dispose of all the pending rape cases at the earliest.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Amrit Raj reviewed the cases of rape pending for investigation in the district. Forty rape cases were registered with different police stations of the district till October. Of them, probe was pending in as many as 30 cases.
He said: “Instructions have been issued to all the station house officers to dispose of all the pending cases of rape and submit chargesheets against the accused. The investigating officers have been directed to obtain the order to attach property of the accused evading arrest.”
Raj said one of the three accused in the alleged gang rape of a minor under Shahjehanpur police station in rural Patna was arrested from Nalanda district on Friday morning. The accused, Arjun Yadav, had fled from his native village Kevai under Daniawan police station in Patna and was hiding in Nalanda district.
Acting on a tip-off, a police team conducted a raid at Chhoti Paheri village under Laheri police station in Nalanda district and took Arjun Yadav into custody. The autorickshaw used in the crime was seized on Thursday from a place under the jurisdiction of Karai Parsurai police in Nalanda on Thursday, the SSP said, adding that raids were on to arrest the two other accused — Guddu Yadav and Manu Kumar.
Guddu, an autorickshaw driver, had approached the victim on the pretext of dropping her at her maternal grandmother’s house at Kevai on Tuesday evening. Later, he asked his two accomplices Manu and Arjun to join them. Thereafter, the trio sexually assaulted the minor.
The victim later narrated her ordeal to her maternal grandmother. The girl’s maternal uncle on Wednesday reported the matter to the local police, who initially lodged a case of eve-teasing against the accused. Raj, the SSP, said the girl’s medical examination was conducted under the supervision of a medical board. “The medical examination report is still awaited,” he said, adding that the victim’s statement was recorded on Thursday under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
While the SSP was taking stock of the status of the minor rape case, deputy inspector-general (central range) Sunil Kumar asked him and the Nalanda superintendent of police to expedite the pending cases of rape and eve-teasing under their jurisdiction.
Bihar State Human Rights Commission also directed director-general of police (DGP) Abhayanand to issue guidelines to the district police chiefs to investigate rape cases expeditiously and chargesheet the accused at the earliest.
While hearing a case of human rights violation by a rape victim in Nalanda, commission member Justice Rajendra Prasad said: “The DGP must issue strict guidelines to the district police chiefs to ensure expeditious probe into rape cases and filing of chargesheet against the accused.”