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JammuSHO arrested for custodial rape, SIT constituted

SHO arrested for custodial rape, SIT constituted


Srinagar, May 11 :  and police SHO at rural police station has been arrested on charges of having raped a rape survivor at a police station, Khour in Akhnoor Tehsil, of Jammu district and a probe has been ordered into the incident.
According to police sources, the victim”s parents had complained 15 days ago that a man had kidnapped and raped their daughter. After the victim lodged a complaint, a Deputy Superintendent of Police questioned the accused on Tuesday and arrested him on Wednesday.
A probe committee has been constituted and SSP Jammu has been directed to register a case against the Sub Inspector who was posted as SHO in the police station in city outskirts. The woman SPO is also under the scanner in this case. Meanwhile, Jammu residents held protests against the incident on Wednesday.
Police initiated action after a group of people protested outside police station demanding arrest of the accused officer the then Station House Officer Muhammad Iqbal Chagatta. The SHO Chagatta allegedly with the help of a lady SPO attached to the Police Station Khour, raped the rape victim in October last year.
Shortly after the arrest of the accused officer, police constituted a Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by SDPO Akhnoor Gurinder Pal Singh to probe the allegations. However, protesters and family members of the victims expressed distrust on what police claimed and alleged huge pressure from some quarter to hush up the matter.
Giving details about the alleged incident a top police official said that during the first week of October the family members from Chowki Choriyal area lodged a complaint that her daughter (name withheld) had been abducted by a local boy. Acting upon the compliant the accused SHO constituted a team and the duo were tracked down within 15 days. “Both the boy and the girl were lodged in police station and later on the girl was handed over to the family,” he said and added it was after the lapse of seven month that family members accused police officer of rape.“A SIT has been constituted to ascertain the facts,” he added.
Pertinently, in August last year, three cops including SHO Surinder Raina of the same police station were placed under suspension after the case of alleged custodial death took place in Police Station Khour.

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