Six arrested in Swiss woman gang rape case


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Niticentral Staff18 Mar 2013

 
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Six arrested in Swiss woman gang rape caseCracking the 39-year-old Swiss woman gang rape case, Police on Sunday arrested six accused. Police also recovered mobile and laptop robbed from the couple.

The Swiss tourist, on a cycling trip along with her husband, was allegedly gang raped at a forest area in Datia district, on the night of March 15.

“We have arrested six accused persons who raped the Swiss woman and recovered her mobile and laptop,” S M Afzal, IG, Chambal Range, said.

A 12-bore gun was seized from the six accused, arrested in the Swiss woman’s gang rape case, police said.

The accused would be produced in the court later in the day.

On Sunday night, police produced five of them before the media-persons, and also displayed a laptop, laptop-charger, mobile phone and Rs 5,500 cash, looted by the accused from the Swiss woman and her husband.

Police have also recovered a 12-bore gun from their possession. The sixth accused was nabbed later and now police will seek their remand from the court. All of them are in the age group of 19-25.

The Swiss couple, after their return here from Delhi, would be asked to identify the accused, police added.

The arrested men were identified as Baba, Bhutha, Rampro, Gaza alias Brajesh, Vishnu Kanjar and Nitin Kanjar.

All the accused have admitted to the assault that took place on Friday night, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) D K Arya said.

The couple told the police that the victim was gang raped by seven or eight men but as it was pitch dark they could not be sure of the exact number who attacked her, he said.

The traumatised woman was treated in the nearby city of Gwalior and was in a state of shock, police said, adding she later left for Delhi.

Earlier, police had detained over 20 people and on the basis of leads provided by them the arrests were made.

On a three-month vacation, the couple–who are adventure tourists– was camping at a forest area for the night while on their way back from Orchha, home to temples of Lord Ram, and were planning to cycle to Agra when they were attacked and looted by some persons who took away their laptop, mobile and other valuables, on the night of March 15.

The Swiss national, along with her husband has said they will continue to stay in the country for the moment while expressing readiness to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation and identification process.

“The Embassy confirms that the victims reached New Delhi in the early hours of March 17, 2013. They were provided medical assistance on their arrival and are currently recovering.

“While speaking to Ambassador Linus von Castelmur the couple expressed their readiness to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation and identification process.

They will continue to stay in India for the moment,” a Swiss Embassy release said in New Delhi.

The Embassy also thanked the Madhya Pradesh Police for its cooperation.

(With inputs from agencies)

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