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Rohtak gang-rape: accused remanded in police custody

In police net: The accused allegedly raped and murdered a Dalit woman from Sonipat. File Photo: PTI

In police net: The accused allegedly raped and murdered a Dalit woman from Sonipat. File Photo: PTI  

Cops verifying role of other accused named by victim’s kin

Even as the Sonipat police are verifying the role of six more persons in the gang-rape and murder of a Dalit woman, a court here on Monday remanded the two accused in the case in seven days’ police custody.

“We have taken the accused on seven days’ police remand. The role of six persons named by the victim’s family is being verified, but so far there has been no evidence indicating their involvement,” said Sonipat SP Ashwin Shenvi.

The woman’s mother had on Saturday named prime accused Sumit’s mother, two brothers, two neighbours and the pradhan of the colony as accused in the case.

‘Marriage pressure’

The victim’s father told The Hindu that Sumit’s family had been mounting pressure on them to marry their daughter to him, but they were opposed to it.

“A few days before the incident, the family had threatened us with dire consequences if we didn’t give consent for the marriage. Two days before the incident, my daughter had slapped Sumit when he misbehaved with her on her way to work,” said the father.

Sumit’s family had also fled from home soon after the victim had gone missing on May 9, the father said.

Counter-complaint filed

“Sumit’s family had given a complaint to the police accusing our daughter of eloping with him. It made us suspicious and we lodged a complaint against him accusing him of abducting our daughter,” the father said.

He also suspected that Sumit took their daughter to the house of his uncle Tikaram, a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police, in Rohtak.

Uncle’s involvement

“We suspect Sumit took our daughter to his uncle’s house. The police also need to investigate the uncle’s role in the case. We hope that the conspiracy will be unravelled soon,” said the father. However, Inspector General of Police (Rohtak range) Navdeep Virk ruled out the involvement of Sumit’s uncle and his family in the case.

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