Minor rape case: Cops yet to nab second accused

 

Three days after a minor girl was raped by her schoolmate and another person, Margao police say they are yet to identify and track the second accused who is absconding and his whereabouts are unknown. "There has been no progress so far and currently, routine investigation process is underway," said Margao PI Sudesh Naik.
 
On Wednesday, a16-year-old girl was raped by two persons at different locations. While the first accused who studied in the same higher secondary school, near Margao, has been remanded to Apna Ghar and his statements recorded, statements of witnesses have also been recorded and friends of the first accused were part of an identification parade to verify if there was any link between the first accused and the second accused.The girl, along with the NGO Bailancho Ekvott, was taken to the scene of the second offence for the inquest, which is a place in Raia surrounded by trees and bushes and not Consua as mentioned earlier, and is a well-frequented place.
 
While the victim stated that the second accused is unknown to her, at the time of interrogation, the first minor accused claimed that he met the second accused at KTC bus stand by coincidence and did not know him. "They have denied knowing the second accused and as such, police have not been able to establish the relationship between both the accused persons and no statement can be given on the identity of the other boy," sources said.
 
Sources said that the girl was returning home after the first incident at a Margao cinema hall, when she met the second accused who told her that he knew her mother and forced her to walk away from the bus stand to the opposite side on the pretext that he had to urgently tell her something and the KTC bus stand was too public a place. He forced her to sit on his bike while telling her that he was taking her towards Panaji. He took the Ambaji road and proceeded to Raia. The minor girl has given the police the name of the second accused and a hand-written description from which the police are preparing his sketch, sources said. [TOI]