Man Accused In Gang-Rape Of UP Girl Shot As He Tried To Escape: Cops

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Police said the accused – Lakhan – and his associate, who were both arrested earlier today, were being taken to court when they snatched a pistol and tried to escape

Man Accused In Gang-Rape Of UP Girl Shot As He Tried To Escape: Cops

UP Police have filed rape and murder charges against Lakhan and three others (File)



Meerut/New Delhi:

One of two men accused of the gangrape and murder of a Class 10 student in western UP’s Meerut has been shot by police as they attempted to escape custody while being taken to court.

Police said the injured accused – Lakhan – and his associate Vikas, who were arrested earlier today, were being taken to court when they snatched a pistol from one of the policemen guarding them.

Police also said that in the encounter that followed – involving a team from Meerut Police’s Surveillance Department and officers from the Sardhana Police Station – the accused were pinned down near Kapsad village. Lakhan opened fire, and was then shot in his leg by the cops’ return fire.

Both accused have been re-captured, and Lakhan is being treated at a local hospital.

The young girl was allegedly gangraped by four men (two others are still on the run) on Thursday; her relatives also alleged she was forced to consume a poisonous substance that led to her death.

A FIR (first information report) filed by a family member said she left home at around 3.30 pm and returned by 5.15 pm, when she told her parents about the rape and assault.

The FIR also said the girl was rushed to a hospital but died during treatment.

Meerut Police have filed a case of gangrape and murder, but have also said that a suicide note has been recovered from the girl’s home. All possible angles are being probed, the police have said.

“As soon as we received a complaint, we registered a case and went to the spot to inspect it. We found a suicide note at the home of the girl that accuses a man called Lakhan and others. Two main accused have been arrested. The main accused – Lakhan – used to go for tuition at the same place where the girl also studied,” Keshav Kumar, the Superintendent of Police (Rural), said.

The young girl’s death has also triggered a political row in a state that has been heavily criticised for a shocking spate of violent crimes against women and girls.

Samajwadi Party boss Akhilesh Yadav took a swipe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting he spend more time preventing crimes in his state than campaigning for the BJP in others.

“News of the kidnapping, gangrape and poisoning of a student in Uttar Pradesh’s Sardhana (Meerut) is extremely sad… If star pracharakji (star campaigner) gets some free time… please consider this too. A lot of women have been tortured…,” Mr Yadav tweeted in Hindi.

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