Silchar, April 22: Police in south Assam’s Cachar district have launched a manhunt for two youths who inflicted injuries on a nine-year-old while allegedly trying to rape her at Kallain tea estate, 40km from here, last evening.
Doctors at Silchar Medical College Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment, today said the accused had slit the girl’s throat with blades and knives. A senior official at the hospital said the injuries were “minor” and the girl was now “stable”.
A senior doctor of the forensic department of SMCH said medical tests “did not confirm any rape”. Cachar additional superintendent of police Baibhav Nibbhalkar also said there was no rape. But that there was an attempt to rape is suggested by the fact that the police found the girl’s leggings, top and undergarments removed at the crime spot, police sources said.
Nibbhalkar said preliminary inquiries had revealed that two youths were involved and the girl had said she would be able to identify them.
Sources in the police said the girl was standing on National Highway 6 near her maternal uncle’s home in Kallain town around 3.30pm when the youths, who came in an auto-rickshaw, forcibly took her to a secluded place in the tea garden and attempted to rape her.
When the girl’s family could not trace her, they informed Kallain police outpost around 5pm. The police found the child lying at the crime spot with blood oozing from her throat, the sources added.
Sources said the youths could have fled having heard footfalls in the garden and the slit throat could be an attempt to murder the girl.
Mridul Bora, officer-in-charge of Kathigorah police station, said the auto-rickshaw was yet to be traced.
Sources in Kallain said the girl’s family hails from Malua in Karimganj district and she was visiting her uncle.
This is the third incident in Cachar during the past eight months. A procession was taken out in the town to condemn the incident.
Runumi Gogoi, a member of the Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said they had sought a detailed report from the superintendent of police and demanded arrest of the accused.
Parliamentary secretary and government spokesperson Bhupen Kumar Borah said though rape had been ruled out, no leniency would be shown towards the culprits.