Ranchi, Aug. 26: Police today arrested three of the seven youths who assaulted the lady constable on NH-75 in Latehar in the small hours of August 22, recovering a gold chain, cash and a bag from their possession.
Of the seven persons involved in the double crime gang-rape and robbery three sexually assaulted the lady constable. Four others robbed her. All are tribal youths in the age group of 25-30 years.
Of the three youths arrested today, one is a rapist, but the police are so far not sure which one.
District superintendent of police Michaelraj S. confirmed the development around 6.45pm.
The breakthrough came this evening around 6.30pm. You are the first to ring me, he told The Telegraph.
More arrests are likely by tonight based on the information of those arrested. In this situation, it is not proper for me to reveal anything more. We will call a news meet tomorrow and share information in detail, the Latehar SP added.
However, unconfirmed sources said the three youths Nagendra Oraon, Amrit Oraon and Martik Oraon , are tribal residents of the area.
The lady constable, the widow of a constable killed in a Maoist attack in 2011, was attacked by the seven youths when she was carrying the body of her sister killed in Argora, Ranchi, on August 20, for cremation to Garhwa.
The rape victim was with other family members, when the seven youths stopped the vehicle in Jagaldaga, Latehar, and dragged her out. The exact motive of the double crime is not clear.