A sub-inspector, Hiramani of a women's police station in Rewari was on Monday suspended for delaying action in registering the 19-year-old Rewari gangrape survivor's FIR, which could have aided the escape of the accused. Hiramani was pulled up for not registering the complaint and making the family rush from pillar to post.
According to reports, a departmental inquiry has been ordered against her. Hiramani's suspension comes soon after Rewari Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Duggal was transferred. The Times of India reported that the sub-inspectors suspension was recommended by Duggal before his transfer.
"The orders to suspend Hiramani from the Women's Police Station, Rewari were issued on Monday. She has been suspended over allegations of delay in taking action on the complaint and negligence in handling the case," a Rewari district police official said on Tuesday.
Rahul Sharma, who assumed charge as new district police chief of Rewari after Rajesh Duggal was moved out as SP, said arresting the absconding accused was a priority. "However, it (the case) doesn't end with the arrest of the accused, but it ends with their conviction. So, securing evidence and ensuring they get convicted, through a fast track court, would be the next step," he said.
Raids continued at many places to nab the two absconding prime accused. Haryana Police's Special Task Force, a unit specialising in tackling organised crime, was also roped in to nab the absconders, police said. Police officials said Armyman Pankaj and another person Manish were two prime accused still on the run.
Three men including one of the prime accused, Nishu, who were arrested by Haryana Police SIT on Sunday were produced before a court in Kanina town. The police sought a seven-day remand for Nishu, Deendayal and Sanjeev.
They said they needed to make recoveries from Nishu and wanted him to identify the hideouts of his associates. The police also submitted that they needed to arrest the two prime accused, who are on the run, for which they need to interrogate those arrested.
Police said the arrested prime accused Nishu was booked under various provisions of the IPC including 376 D (gang rape), 328 (causing hurt by means of poison, etc., with intent to commit an offence) and 365 (Kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person).
Meanwhile, residents of the village where the woman was allegedly gangraped, claimed that the spot where the crime took place was infamous for nefarious activities. They alleged that there were incidents of girls being harassed by vagabonds in the past as well.
"We demand an exemplary punishment for the accused. However, our plea is that no innocent youth of the village should be harassed by the police as many have been called for questioning," one of the villagers said.
The 19-year-old girl, a school topper, hailing from Rewari was abducted from a bus stop in Kanina town in Mahendragarh district on Wednesday on her way to a coaching class. She was allegedly drugged and gang-raped at a room adjoining a tubewell in an agricultural field, police said.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Sep 18, 2018 15:23 PM