Jharkhand gang-rape case: Police book head of village missionary school from where NGO workers were abducted

Khunti: The head of the Kochang village school, from where five women working with an NGO were allegedly abducted and later gang-raped, has been booked for not reporting the incident to police, an official said on Saturday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The police have also released a sketch of one of the five accused and announced a reward of Rs 50,000 for providing information about them, Khunti Superintendent of Police Aswini Kumar Sinha said.

While an FIR was filed on Thursday against unidentified persons involved in the gang-rape in the district in Jharkhand, another case was registered against Father Alfonso Alien, at the Arki police station yesterday, he said.

Father Alfonso Alien, who runs the missionary school from where the women were abducted, was detained on Thursday for questioning and later released on a personal bond, Sinha said.

The SP also said the statements of the victims and their colleagues were recorded under section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Five women working with an NGO were allegedly raped at gunpoint by a group of at least five men when they went to create awareness on migration and human trafficking on Tuesday. The village they went to came under the jurisdiction of the Arki police station.

Initial investigation has found that the people behind 'Pathalgarhi' (a practice in which villagers inscribe various tenets on huge stone slabs and ban outsiders in their area), were behind the incident, Deputy Inspector General of Police Amol V Homker had said on Friday.

The police officer had said neither the victims nor anybody else had informed the administration about the incident. The police got the information from its "sources".

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Updated Date: Jun 23, 2018 16:12:59 IST

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