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Hunt on for ‘rapist’

Ranchi, Jan. 15: Lohardaga SP Sunil Bhaskar today urged Railway Protection Force (RPF) to intensify search operations to nab a rape accused, who had managed to give the police a slip while being brought to the district from New Delhi in Rajdhani Express in the small hours of Tuesday.

Nasir Ansari, (21) broke open the window panes of the toilet and fled while the train was waiting at the outer signal of Singhitali station near Mughalsarai Junction in Uttar Pradesh.

“We have lodged a complaint with RPF. Two assistant sub-inspectors and two constables, who were escorting Ansari, are currently assisting the raids, which are being carried out in nearby areas. However, they will be suspended on charges of dereliction of duty once they come back,” Bhaskar added.

Ansari is accused of kidnapping and raping a Class X tribal girl in Kisko police station area of the district on January 5. On that Sunday, the victim was on her way to a coaching centre when Ansari dragged her to a nearby field and raped her. The girl filed an FIR the same day.

She further accused Ansari of raping her on an earlier occasion too. “He had threatened me of dire consequences, if I opened my mouth,” the girl had told the police.

The incident sparked widespread public outrage. The residents gheraoed Kisko thana, staged blockades and forced closure of shops and education institutions. Several women’s organisation, too, staged demonstration with traditional weapons.

A special team from Lohardaga managed to arrest Ansari in a Delhi slum on January 12.

On Tuesday, as the train was approaching Mughalsarai around 3am, Ansari requested the escorting police personnel to remove his handcuffs so that he could attend nature’s call.

The police realised that Ansari had fled only after the train reached Mughalsarai.