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Speedy trial whip for accused

Banka, Jan. 4: Banka police have taken up the mantle to bring all rape accused to book through speedy trials.

The police are going back to the old cases and dealing with the new ones to complete the formalities. “We don’t intend to spare any one involved in such heinous crimes. We would dispose off all the cases through speedy trials,” said Banka superintendent of police Vikash Barman.

Barman has instructed K.D. Paswan, the investigating officer of the December 26 Bandarpahari rape case, to complete the formalities like collecting the medical report of the victim, along with a list of evidences so that a speedy trial could be requested in a court.

A relative of a 25-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday in Banka district for allegedly raping her in her house under the jurisdiction of Katoria police, around 280km southeast from Patna. The accused, Sikander Soren (26), raped the victim late night on December 26.

“We would plead for speedy trials not only for the Bandarpahari rape case but also the other such cases that have been reported recently like the gang rape of a student at Barfera village,” the SP said.

B.K. Das, the deputy superintendent of police (headquarters), Banka, who has been monitoring the rape cases reported in the district, said the police would have to wait for the medical report of the tribal woman of Bandarpahari.

Police on January 3 arrested Sikandar Soren and sent him to judicial custody. “We have to collect vital evidences and complete other formalities to fast track the case,” Das told The Telegraph on Friday. Das, along with Paswan, again visited the hamlet on Friday to speak with the victim.

Even after registering the FIR with the Kotoria police station and the subsequent arrest of Sikandar, panic still runs high in the family of the 23-year-old victim.

“The gram sabha (the traditional village court of the tribals), first tried to restrain the victim to go to the police. However, the village head and the panchs (members of the gram sabha) later allowed the victim to go to the police,” said a villager.

On the December 15, 2012, Barfera rape case, Das said: “After the fourth accused, Mohammad Mahatav, surrendered on January 3, it was easy to file a chargesheet against the four youths and one girl who were named accused in the FIR.” The police would also file chargesheet against the accused named in the rape incidents of two vegetable vendors of Phullidoumor.