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1 molester held, hunt on for other

Shillong, Dec. 28: One of the two accused in the alleged molestation of a 25-year-old woman in East Garo Hills has been arrested, Williamnagar police said today.

The police arrested the accused yesterday on the basis of a complaint lodged by the woman at Williamnagar women’s police station, alleging that two persons, Sarwan Sharma and Laxman Singh Sekhwat, had molested her at Warimagre Road around 5.30pm on December 25.

Sekhwat has been arrested while Sharma is on the run, a Williamnagar police official said, adding, “The hunt for the accused is on. He will be arrested soon.”

The alleged molestation comes close on the heels of the alleged gangrape of an 18-year-old by a group of 16 boys near Sacred Heart School in Williamnagar on December 13. The police have picked up 15 of the accused, nine of them juveniles. While the juveniles have been sent to correctional homes, the other six have been remanded in judicial custody.

The girl was returning home with two friends from Simsang festival in the town when they were waylaid by the accused. While the other two girls managed to escape, the victim fell down and was allegedly gangraped. The police are hunting for the absconding culprit.

The official said the victim, who was admitted to a hospital, was recovering and had been given police protection. The police want the case to be heard in a fast track court. The department had submitted a report to the state government.

Earlier this month, the government had constituted a committee to ensure speedy disposal of cases of crime against women.

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