No arrests yet in rape of Air Force personnel’s wife (Lead)

November 24th, 2008 - 8:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Panchkula (Haryana), Nov 24 (IANS) The police here are yet to make any arrest for the alleged rape of an Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel’s wife in an Indian Army hospital near here Saturday.”We are likely to arrest the culprits once our investigations are over. We had called a team of forensic experts and they have examined the place and took the samples. This is a very sensitive issue and we cannot do anything hurriedly without verifying everything,” Panchkula police chief Sandeep Khirwar told IANS.

“The rape has been confirmed in the preliminary medical reports but we are still waiting for some more medical reports,” Khirwar said.

Meanwhile, an Indian Army spokesperson based in Chandimandir denied that the Army Headquarters in New Delhi has issued a notice denying the rape.

“These are just rumours and only one TV channel is running this false news. No such notice has been released from our Delhi office. We are just waiting for the police investigations to get over so that we can take some further action,” the spokesperson told IANS.

The 38-year-old woman alleged she was raped Saturday at the Western Command Hospital at Chandimandir in Panchkula district, around 10 km from Chandigarh, officials said.

The police here have registered a case against three people.

The victim’s husband is posted at Jamnagar town in Gujarat, while she stays here with her two children in army-provided accommodation.

“The victim had gone for physiotherapy treatment at the Western Command Hospital at Chandimandir Saturday,” said the investigating officer of the case.

“In the hospital, the ward-in-charge Hottam Singh with the help of nursing attendant Iftikhar Khan forcibly dragged the woman in the adjoining dining hall and raped her,” he added.

According to the complaint, a third person identified as Raj filmed the crime and molested the victim.

“The police are investigating the case and we are fully cooperating and assisting them in their work. Though we have not detained the accused, they cannot leave the army premises,” the spokesperson said.

“We cannot comment about our further action right now as the police investigation is still on. If they are found guilty, then we will take stern action against the accused,” he added.

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