9 arrested for gang-raping a minor girl in Umred

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Maharashtra (The Stellar News): The Umred Police of Nagpur Rural, while investigating a murder, cracked the case of 11 year-old girl’s gang-rape and arrested nine people. Police said that the accused raped the minor girl between June 19 and June 15. The accused took advantage of her poverty and took her home under the pretense of promising her payment in exchange of doing domestic work.

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The accused have been identified as Roshan Sadashiv Kargaonkar (29), Gajanan Damodhar Murksar (40), Pramdas Jagoba Gathibandhe (38) and Rakesh Shankar Mahakalakr (24)  all resident of Umred; Govinda Gulab Nate (22), Saurabh alias Karan Uttam Rithe (22), Nitesh Arun Fukat (30), Pradumna Dilip Karutkar (22) and Nikhil alias PinkuVinayak Narule (24), all residents of Ranbori village, near Kuhi.

According to police, the victim’s parents are labourers. The incident took place between June 19 and July 15. Roshan and Gajanan raped the girl at former’s place on June 19 and gave her Rs. 300 to her. Soon after, three other persons raped the girl at Roshan’s place. Gajanan, Premdas and their two friends threatened the girl and assaulted her on July 15.

The incident came to light after Umred police started investigating the murder of Shubham Damdu (25), who was allegedly killed by Roshan and his accomplice, Badal, over a gold ring. The police arrested the both of them from Akola railway station. During the police custody, Roshan spilled the beans regarding his involvement in raping the minor girl.

Acting on this, Umred police approached the victim and she narrated the whole incident before the police and her parents. An offence under Section 376 (d) (b), 376 (2) (n) and 506 of Indian Panel Code read with sections 5 (g) (I) (m) and Section 6 of POCSO Act was registered by Umred Police.

The survivor was a student of grade VIII and was known to Roshan. Roshan and Gajanan took turns to rape the girl. They silenced her by giving her Rs. 300 and threatened her. If asked about the money, she was told to tell her parenst that she found it at home. Roshan then used to call the girl home many times. A few days ago, Gajanan and Premdas took her to Roshan’s house and where the other seven joined them to rape her. As soon as this incident came to light, the police registered a case and arrested all nine.

Report: Deepanjot Kaur (Under Training)

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