On Sunday, four people were arrested in connection with robbery, alleged murder of a couple and gang-rape of their two relatives, a woman and a minor in Mewat district’s Dingerheri village.
The incident happened last week when a gang entered the village and terrorised the families and killed the couple who was in their forties. Apart from the murder and the gang-rape, the accused also injured some other family members with "thick, wooden sticks", said police according to The Indian Express. An FIR was lodged in Tauru police station by one of the gangrape victims.
The arrested have been identified as Sandeep, Amarjeet, Karamjeet and Rahul who live in Mohammadpur Ahir village, less than 3 kilometres away from Dingerheri. According to a report by PTI, the four accused are in their twenties and while two of them work at a private warehouse as office helpers, two others are farmers.
Rewari Inspector General, Mamata Singh said that further revelations regarding the case will be made after conducting interrogation of the accused. Police said one of the victims who was assaulted by the four had spotted the four accused near the Kundli-Manesar- Palwal Expressway, which lies close to the victims' Dingerheri village in Mewat district, many times in the days before the crime.
FLASH: Four people arrested in Mewat Gangrape, murder and loot case: Rewari IG Mamata Singh tells ANI.
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The incident came to light when one of the family members managed to escape from the house and alerted their relatives in the farms nearby.
According to a statement by one of the gangrape victims, loud noises and screams were heard in the village around midnight. The victim was sleeping with her three cousins inside the house, while her uncle and other family members were sleeping outside when suddenly five men barged into the house. They tied up the family members and beat them up with iron rods. Later they raped the complainant and her minor cousin, she alleged.
They had also ransacked the house, an isolated structure
located in the middle of farmland, and fled with some
valuables including cash.
This incident led to huge public outrage and the Opposition also raised the matter, questioning the law enforcement in the state.
According to a report by The Hindu, the father of one of the murder victims had threatened to commit suicide if the accused were not arrested by Monday.
A Special Investigation Team had been formed after the incident and they had tracked down the accused on Sunday. After the incident, police had released sketches of the accused on the basis of description given by the survivors.
Haryana Public Works Department Minister Rao Narbir Singh and local MLA Tejpal Tanwar had visited the family on Saturday and assured them of help from the government.