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Murthal gangrapes: Haryana govt. forms committee after HC orders

In wake of the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s observation on the reported gang-rapes of at least ten women in Murthal, the Khattar Government on Friday ordered formation of a three member committee to probe the matter.

Murthal gangrapes-AVHaryana DGP, YP Singhal, informed that the government has instructed the police to act tough against anyone found involved in assault on women.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s police completely rejected even the faintest possibility of gang-rapes near a famous eatery in Murthal until high court intervention. The state government team said that the investigation in the atrocious crime couldn’t find any corroborative evidence to the media report that at least 10 women, who had been travelling on the highway, were dragged from their cars to adjoining fields and gang-raped by Jat agitators. In the absence of a complaint, police have been in a denial mode. But eye-witnesses say, the police themselves dissuaded the victims to pursue the matter.

According to reports and local eye witness accounts, dozens of hapless women passengers were dragged out of their vehicles and raped by rampaging goons at Murtal on Delhi–Haryana border. The mob allegedly stopped the vehicles, attacked male passengers, burnt the vehicles and raped the women in nearby fields. The women were later rescued by the local villagers and sent back home. What is more shocking is allegations of police hushing up the gory incident by advising the victims not to file cases to protect the “honour” of the victims.

“I request the public that if there is any evidence available then they can approach the three member-committee probing the incident. The government has taken the report very seriously and I assure you that strong action will be taken against those found guilty,” Singhal said.

Stating that the police hasn’t received any complaint in this regard, Singhal requested the media to share the details if it receives any information.

“We have not been approached by any complainant or victim so far. We are also requesting the media to share the details if they receive any information. Clothes spotted at the site have been collected by the police and further probe is on,” he added.

He further said that a special investigation team headed by DIG Dr. Rajshree will be probing the Murthal incident.

“Anyone having any information regarding the incident can contact the SIT at these mobile numbers: Dr Rajshree: 9729995000; Bharti Dabaas: 8053882302; Surender Kaur: 9729990760,” he added.

Matter was investigated but no concrete evidence could be found which can prove that any such incident took place there, he added.

Meanwhile, a team of the National Commission for Women (NCW) has visited Larhsoli village in Sonepat district, where the women were reportedly raped. The team quizzed some people and met the officials of Sonepat district administration. The NCW team has not found any clue of rape yet, and so far, no one has also come forward with any complaint.

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