Three booked in gangrape of woman in Basna

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 17 Oct 2016 17:20:29


The Hitavada State Bureau


Oct 16,

Out of the three accused, one is son of Jaswant Singh Saluja presently a Member of Minorities Cell in a Mandal unit of BJP

Prince Saluja, the main accused of the gangrape against a dalit married woman, which had taken place in the jungles of Pirda in Basna under Mahasamund district, is still on the run. However, the other two accused in this heinous case has been apprehended by the police. Prince Saluja is the son of Jaswant Singh Saluja (Jassi) presently a Member of Minorities Cell in a Mandal unit of Bharatiya Janata Party in Mahasamund. It may be recollected that Jaswant Singh Saluja, who was earlier General Secretary of the said Mandal, was stripped from the post due to anti-party activities and bad conduct in 2015.
Police sources informed that the married woman who had come to her parents’ home, was forcefully kidnapped by three persons during midnight of October 11 from her house, who took her to a nearby jungle. All the three accused not only raped her simultaneously but they shot video of the heinous crime and later brutally hit the woman in her private parts with iron rod and fled from the area after leaving her severely injured in the jungle. In the morning when the villagers saw the injured woman who was unconscious, they informed the police and shifted her to hospital.
After regaining her consciousness, the woman narrated her anguish to the police. On her instigation, the police arrested Farid Ahmed Khan, a resident of Pirda and Devendra Chowdhary, a resident of Brahamanpuri. Meanwhile, during interrogation, both the accused informed police that the main accused was Prince Saluja. Police has virtually launched a man-hunt to apprehend the main accused throughout the state and neighboring states as well.
In her statement, the victim informed police that she had visited her parents’ home. She was sleeping in her house on the fateful day, when all three accused somehow managed to enter her house and forcefully took her to a nearby jungle in a car. She tried to resist and save herself but the accused thrashed her. Later in the jungle all three of them raped her simultaneously and also filmed video of the incident, she informed.
During interrogation both the accused arrested Farid Ahmed Khan and Devendra Chowdhary informed that Prince was the mastermind of the incident and that it was he who had instigated them for committing this heinous crime. The mobile through which the video was shot and the car on which the victim was transported has been taken by the main accused, they informed the police.
Meanwhile, hearing that the heinous crime has been committed by a relative of BJP leader, people gheraod the police station leveling allegation that police is trying to save the accused. In his statement Basna Police Station SHO Narendra Yadav informed that the incident had taken place during the intervening night of October 11 and 12. On morning of October 12, the victim was admitted in hospital and in the evening her statement was taken after she regained consciousness. On October 13, the complaint of gang-rape was registered against the three accused and two accused have been arrested.
Taking serious cognizance of the heinous crime where a dalit married woman was brutally gangraped by three accused, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has assured that strong legal action will be taken against the accused and justice will be prevailed. Severely denouncing the act the Chief Minister said none of the accused will be spared and said such accused should be given such punishment that others take lesson from the punishment.
Bharatiya Janata Party severely criticizes the incident and whether the accused is related to someone in Bharatiya Janata Party or in any other party, he will not be spared. Necessary directives have been issued in this direction.
Home Minister Ramsewak Paikra said the accused will not be spared. The police is investigating the matter and once the investigation is completed whosever are accused will not be spared and strong action will be taken against him.