Four cops accused of rape inside police station complex (Lead)

November 12th, 2010 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Nov 12 (IANS) Chhattisgarh’s Dharmjaigarh town Thursday was outraged at alleged rape of two girls, including a minor, by four policemen within the police station complex earlier this week.

A first information report (FIR) against the policemen was filed late Thursday, the town’s police said, adding that the small town in Raigarh district, about 280 km from here, was tense. Angry crowds have been camping at the police station since Thursday night, insisting that the four policemen be handed over to them.

The girls, who were quiet since Nov 9 when the assault took place, mustered the courage to speak out Thursday and were escorted by a furious mob when they went to the police station to file their complaint.

The girls were allegedly raped inside a house in the police station complex on the night of Nov 9 but were coerced into silence by threats of dire consequences if they spoke out, an official said.

Chhattisgarh Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar said the incident was “extremely shocking” and promised “total justice to the victims”.

“It’s a very shameful incident. The guilty policemen will not be spared. I am rushing to Dharmjaigarh town to seek the help of the girls to identify the policemen who brought a slur on the police force,” Rahul Sharma, Raigarh’s superintendent of police, told IANS.

The girls in their complaint alleged that they went to see off two relatives at the bus stop on the night of Nov 9 when a police patrol team picked the men up and took them to the Dharmjaigarh police station.

The girls reached the police station to find out why their relatives were nabbed but were forcibly taken to a house in the complex by two policemen who raped them. They then called two other colleagues over the phone, who too raped them, they alleged.

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