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Forensic help sought on rape

Feb. 19: City police have sought the help of the Forensic Science Laboratory here to conduct DNA tests of the blood samples of the three persons who had allegedly raped a girl in a hotel at Paltan Bazar.

The police today produced the three accused in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup, which remanded them in seven-day police custody. The accused, including the manager of hotel Lucent, were apprehended after the girl lodged an FIR complaining she was gang-raped inside a hotel room on Sunday night.

“We arrested the trio based on the complaint. We have now sent their blood samples for DNA matching with the blood found on the victim. We will act according to the report of DNA examination. We have also sought a forensic report to ascertain the age of the girl,” a police officer associated with investigation of the case, said.

The girl who hailed from Tezpur, in her complaint told the police she was visiting her relative’s house in the city on Friday but a boy, whom she knew, called her to the hotel and she was gang raped there by three persons. The boy, however, fled.

The police have registered a case (no. 113/2013) and booked the accused under Section 376 (2) (G) of IPC, which pertains to gang rape and carries a prison term not less than 10 years and may extend up to life imprisonment and a fine.

The police today sought 14-day custody of the accused, which was reduced to seven by the court. “We will interrogate the accused to identify the youth who had called the girl to the hotel and later fled,” a police source said.

Sources said the girl was already handed over to her family members and left for her home in Tezpur.

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