Murthal rape incidents during quota stir- SIT adds gangrape charges in FIR

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The Haryana police that had been denying the allegations of gangrapes at Murthal during the Jat agitation in February this year told the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday that it had added the sections pertaining to gangrape to the FIR registered to investigate the alleged crimes in Murthal during the Jat quota stir.

Earlier the police had denied any such incident and had to face the ire of the bench for shoddy investigation.

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The sections were added after receipt of two communications- one anonymous letter posted from Faridabad stating that a girl student became victim of the goons on her way to Faridabad from Ambala.

The second alleged victim is an NRI woman from Australia, after her arrival while travelling on National Highway-1 with her relatives and was allegedly raped at Murthal. This incident was reported in an email, procured from social media by the SIT, after it was reported in the media.

The high court was informed about inclusion of the section in an affidavit filed by Mamta Singh, IG and Incharge of SIT formed on high court directions to investigate the matter.

To this the amicus curie, senior advocate Anupam Gupta remarked “ from shameless denial, the government had changed its stand to conditional acknowledgement of the incidents of rape”.

Anupam Gupta told the high court bench that he had video and audio recordings of alleged rape victims. He however refused to hand it over to the SIT and said “I will place it before My Lords, who can then decide to hand it over to the SIT”. “I don’t have that much faith in the SIT,” Gupta added.

The bench fixed May 4 as next date for hearing of the case and directed the SIT to file fresh status report of investigation.

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