Special Correspondent

Victim admitted in polytechnic college

DIG pats three police officers for their good work

Case came to light in 2009 after a gap of two years

KHAMMAM: DIG (Eluru Range) Mahesh M. Bhagawat has expressed his special appreciation for three police officers of Khammam district for the splendid job done by them in investigation and filing of charge sheet in the sensational gangrape of an 18-year-old college girl that rocked the coal town of Kothagudem last year.

The trial of the case, undertaken by the fast track court in Kothagudem, culminated in the conviction of 14 of the accused persons, with nine of them being sentenced to life imprisonment.

The incident

The case, in which the girl was filmed in nude, came to light in January 2009 after a gap of nearly two years when the accused persons threatened to put in circulation the photographs of the incident in a bid to force her once again to yield to their lust.

The victim, a resident of the main hospital road in Kothagudem, lodged a complaint with the police stating that she was whisked away to hillocks and gang-raped after boarding an auto near Lakshmidevipali on her way back from college on February 17, 2007.

The gang of auto-drivers and their friends involved in the rape had threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed it to the parents or the police. As a result, she suffered in silence without venturing to complain to the police.

Members of the same gang contacted her after several months, threw a CD with pictures of the incident on her and threatened to put it in circulation if she failed to meet their desire once again.

The Kothagudem Two Town police, basing on the complaint of the victim, registered a case against 14 persons.

The then SDPO Kothagudem, Prakash Jadav, investigated the case under the personal supervision of Mr. Mahesh M. Bhagwat, the then Superintendent of Police of Khammam.

Two other officers – Inspector Ashok Kumar and Sub-Inspector Ramesh – assisted him on the assignment.

The judgment

The Additional Sessions Judge of Kothagudem fast track court Vijayalaskmi pronounced her judgment awarding life imprisonment to nine of the accused – Sk. Amar, autodriver, Konga Raju, autodriver, Vallala Vamshi, private employee, Raj Kamal, student, Gade Sudhakar, autodriver, Sk. Mahamood alias Munna, autodriver, Sk. Muktyal, autodriver, Mohammad Sulthan, mutton shop worker, and Sk. Baba, autodriver. Another autodriver Mohamed Ramjan was convicted for 10 years rigorous imprisonment for assisting the culprit in the rape. Four others – Peddi Phani Kumar, Namasi Nagaraju alias Raju, Gide Madhu, a student, and Koppula Little Babu alias Babu were convicted for five years of rigorous imprisonment.

The victim counselled by Dr. Sunita Krishnan of Prajwala was admitted in a polytechnic college in Hyderabad to enable her to pursue further education as part of the special measures initiated for her rehabilitation.

Mr. Bhagwat said that rowdy-sheets were opened against all the 14 accused in the case during his stint as the Superintendent of Police.