Three-day police remand for rape accused

British Teenager Rape Case

Shimla: The district court in Kangra handed down a three day police remand for Rakesh Kumar (28) and Sunil Kumar (26), who are accused of abducting and raping a British teenage passenger after she had boarded their taxi in Palampur, on Thursday.

Atul Kumar Fulzele, SP Kangra said that the biological evidence collected from the body of the rape victim had been sent for forensic evidence tests. “The two accused have confessed to their crime,” he said.

Rakesh and Sunil were produced before the district and session court Kangra at Dharmshala, late in the afternoon, and the court handed down a three day police remand in the case. Besides the court also recorded the statement of the victim under 154 CrPC, he said.

Alarmed over rising cases where vehicles were being used to rape singled out women, the police has shown urgency by working for early completion of such investigations and putting up these cases before fast track courts for speedy justice.

Mentioning the rape case of the British teenage girl, SR Mardi, IG law and order said that it was blind case in which the victim was unable to identify either the taxi or the culprits.

“The police has been able to crack the case early and two accused persons involved in the gang rape stand arrested,” he said.

Mardi said, upon receiving the report from the forensic laboratory, the investigation should be completed within two weeks and the case would preferably be put before a fast track court for speedy justice.

As a preventive measure, the tourist traffic wing of police has been sounded to step up vigil and being on the lookout for highway crimes, especially where suspicions of crime against women are noticed, he said.

Fast becoming a popular destination on the travel itinerary of foreigners, more than 3.77 lakh of them visited Himachal in 2008 whereas in 2000, only 1.11 lakh were recorded.

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