The Srirampura police on Wednesday arrested three men in connection with Sunday’s stabbing of the father of a minor girl who was raped by an older man and who gave birth in April.

The arrested men are Afsar Mohammed (26), Akram Syed (28) and Mujamil Shahajan (25).

The 54-year-old father of the girl had incurred the wrath of hardliners from his community who tried to pressure him into marrying his daughter off to the rapist. When he was attacked on Sunday, he alleged that he had been targeted because he had defied the diktats of those intent on imposing their ideas on him.

However, the police had a different version after making the arrests. They said the man had been attacked because of some personal differences he had with the assailants.

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