Agartala, Aug. 29: Police last evening arrested the remaining two of four youths who allegedly gang raped two Reang girls in a jungle not far from Gachhirampara refugee camp in Kanchanpur subdivision of Tripura on Monday following public outcry against the crime.
The two other accused were arrested on Tuesday after the girls’ relatives lodged a complaint at Ananda Bazar police station after the girls returned to the refugee camp and reported the crime.
According to delayed reports reaching here, the teenaged camp inmates, accompanied by their minor brothers, were returning home on foot from Khedacherra market on Monday evening when the four youths allegedly waylaid them.
The Kanchanpur sub-divisional police officer Sudip Paul said the girls had decided to walk since the last public transport had left.
The youths allegedly beat up their brothers and dragged the girls into a nearby jungle and gang raped them.
The girls and their brothers managed to reach the refugee camp and told their relatives, who reported the matter to the police.
The police sent the girls for medical examination and arrested two of the accused within 24 hours.
But this did not calm the agitated refugees. They decided to hit the streets to press for arrest of the two remaining culprits and marched to the Kanchanpur sub-divisional headquarters yesterday.
Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum leaders, including its president Elvis Chorkhy, and Bruno Miaska addressed the gathering. They urged upon the police to arrest the remaining two culprits and ensure exemplary punishment.
By last evening, the police managed to arrest the two remaining rapists.
“The situation is now normal. We will shortly chargesheet the four culprits and they are likely to be convicted because all evidence points to their involvement in the crime,” Paul said.
Sarkar to the rescue: Chief minister Manik Sarkar himself had to intervene today to get an FIR lodged by a minority community woman against her abusive husband recorded by the police.
According to a police source, Asma Begum, 29, lodged the complaint against her husband, Hafiz Mia, a resident of Ranir Bazar in Jirania sub-division who had been allegedly torturing her since their marriage three years ago and demanding dowry. Though Asma’s impoverished parents fulfilled most of his demands, Hafiz beat her up threw her out of his house on Sunday.
On Monday, when Asma visited the Bodhjungnagar police station and then the women’s police station here for filing a complaint, both stations refused to record it.
This morning, Asma, accompanied by her parents, met the chief minister in his official residence and related everything. Sarkar then ordered the superintendent of police (West) Bijay Nag to ensure that her FIR was recorded. The police did so and arrested her husband later in the day.