Hazaribagh, Aug. 29: A teenaged schoolgirl in Jharkhand was allegedly abducted in daylight and gang-raped by four men, including a police officer’s son, for two days at a vacant summerhouse owned by a former Rajya Sabha member from Bengal.
The Class XI student today told police that Dhanu Ram, the son of a vigilance inspector, and his friend Sonu gagged her on August 26 afternoon near her home.
They allegedly took her to the summerhouse of Swapan Sadhan Bose (Tutu Bose), a former Trinamul MP.
Bose had bought the five-acre property in Hazaribagh around 25 years ago. Contacted in Calcutta, Bose’s son said the family was not aware of the incident.
“Like many Bengali families, we also have a property in Hazaribagh but it remains under lock and key unless we visit the house. It seems some local people have taken advantage of our absence. We are trying to gather more information on what happened,” said Bose’s son Srinjoy Bose, a Trinamul MP.
In her statement to the police, the girl said the two men were joined by their friends Ritesh and Anurag Basu. All the four, in their early 30s, raped her repeatedly over two days, she said.
On August 27 evening, she was taken out of the house in a van for a spin around Hazaribagh Lake, brought back and gang-raped through the night, according to the statement.
They released her yesterday morning but told her to keep quiet and not go to the police.
Once home, the girl, when questioned by her parents about her two-day absence, broke down and narrated the assault to her mother.
Her father, who accompanied her to the police station this morning to file an FIR, said he had approached the police on August 27 to report that she was missing. But the police apparently refused to entertain him, saying he should “search for the girl” on his own.
The police have denied the father’s allegations. “A wireless message was circulated to all police stations about the missing girl,” officer-in-charge Dinesh Kumar said.
All the four accused are absconding. It is not known how the four got the keys to the Bose house. The caretaker is also missing. When the victim led DSP Arvind Singh and other policemen to the house today, they could only find empty liquor bottles.
One of the accused, Dhanu, was booked for an ATM break-in last year and was freed on bail.
“The girl revealed the names of all the four accused, including Dhanu. We have formed four police teams to track down the culprits,” Singh said.