Tura, July 14: The 28-year-old rape victim from Pipulbari, along the Assam-Meghalaya border in West Garo Hills, was today taken to Dhubri for medical examination.
Meghalaya police found the victim lying unconscious on the road near a forest in Tangoan village, which falls under Mankachar police station yesterday. The case was later handed over to its Assam counterpart. The victim was transferred from Hatsingimari public health centre to Dhubri civil hospital today.
“Medical examination has been done and the statement of the victim has been recorded. We are investigating the matter. It would be too early for me to comment. We have registered a case under Section 276,” said Mridulananda Sharma, Dhubri superintendent of police.
“So far no arrest has been made. Mankachar police station under Hatsingimari sub-division is following the case,” he added. The woman was alone in her house, when a group of 15 unidentified men barged in yesterday. The incident took place around 2am.
Pipulbari village, about 48km from Tura, is under Garobadha police station. The goons took away gold ornaments, two mobile handsets and Rs 1 lakh. In her statement, she said, “They kept a gun on my forehead and threatened to kill me. I tried to escape from their clutches but they chased and caught me. They then put me into a vehicle and drove me to a nearby forest and raped me.”
Based on her statement, the police have identified Kabir Ali and Zahirul Islam, from Pipulbari, as the prime suspects.