Police remand for two men who raped IAF personnel’s wife (Lead)

November 25th, 2008 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Panchkula (Haryana), Nov 25 (IANS) Two armymen, who were arrested for allegedly raping an Indian Air Force personnel’s wife at an armed forces hospital, were sent to two-days police remand by a court here Tuesday, an official said.The police arrested Naik Hottam Singh and Naik Ifthikar Khan Tuesday morning and they were produced in the court of judicial magistrate Monica.

“We have got the two-day police remand of the accused. We will interrogate them and try to establish the truth. We are also waiting for some more medical reports and the forensic test report,” Sandeep Khirwar, superintendent of police, Panchkula told IANS.

He said the statement of the victim was also recorded Monday before the judicial magistrate.

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

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. After her treatment she went to see one of her relative who is also admitted in the same hospital,” said the investigating officer of the case.

“On her way, the ward-in-charge of urosurgical department, Hottam Singh with the help of nursing attendant Iftikhar Khan forcibly dragged the woman to 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 victim, who is a native of Bihar, knew both the accused as her husband was admitted in the hospital a few months back and at that time the woman came in contact with them. After committing the crime, Hottam called the victim and threatened her of dire consequences if she approaches the police,” said the investigating officer.

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