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Outrage in Dhule after minor gang-raped, protesters demand death for culprits
Friday October 4, 2013 7:37 AM, Staff Reporter

Anger and shock took Dhule into its grip Thursday as news spread like wildfire that a minor girl of Mohadi village in the outskirt of the city was gang-raped by eight persons including four friends near Tekhi village, about six kilometres from here.

Even as the local police nabbed and booked six of the eight accused in the case, angry protesters gathered on Thursday morning - first near Ambedkar statue and later outside the Collector office, demanding immediate arrest of the remaining two, trial of their cases in a fast track court and death for the rapists.

"We will not agree on anything less than the death penalty for the culprits. We demand for a trial in a fast track court and appointment of senior lawyer ND Suryawanshi as Special Public Prosecutor for speedy justice", Ranjeet Pradeshi and Rahul Wagh of BAMCEF who were leading the protests said while talking to

They also demanded security for the victim and her family. "The victim and her family are living in fear. They should be provided adequate security", they said.

They later met the Inspector General of Police Dhananjay Kamlakar and District Collector Prakash Mahajan, and reiterated their demands. Earlier, woman activists led by Jyoti Bawra also met the Superintendent of Police Pradeep Deshpande and raised similar demands.

According to Dy Sup of Police Chandrakant Gawli, the ghastly incident took place on September 24 and the police came to know it during interrogations of four accused, already under their custody in a toll-naka robbery case.

"We had arrested on September 28 Santosh Borse, Eknath Pawar, Chandu More and Dharma Aher in a robbery case. During interrogations, they admitted of raping a girl, but had no idea of her identity", he told adding that the four were passing by when they saw four youth raping a girl. Instead of rescuing her, they too raped her.

He said it was only after the meticulous efforts of two days that they identified the victim and persuaded her to share with the local police the trauma she was forced to undergo.

"She was in a terrible state of shock and was afraid of sharing a single word with us. It was only after we sent specially trained woman staff that she recalled what had happened with her", he said.

Based on her disclosure the police identified Umesh Vishnu Kanude, Rahul Bhaskar Gawde, Mahesh Shivdas Gawde and Raju Dagdu Gawde, as the persons who were involved in the gory incident.

"Umesh had taken the girl along with him in the pretext of meeting her relatives in Tekhi village. On the way he called his three friends, who then took the victim to an abandoned place and raped her one by one", DYSP Gawli said.

Gawli said Umesh Vishnu Kanude and Rahul Bhaskar Gawde were arrested on October 01 late in the night, while a search is on for the other two.

"We have learnt that the two accused have escaped to Goa. We have sent a special team to Goa, and are hopeful that they will also be arrested soon", he said.

He said that the police had also seized a mobile phone that the accused used to film the entire incident, and threatened the victim to publish it if she disclosed the incident with anyone.

While a hunt is on for the two who are absconding, the six accused are sent to police custody till October 08.


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