Mandsaur (MP), Aug 23 (PTI) The two men sentenced to death in the Mandsaur gang rape case were today shifted to Ujjain Central Jail, an official said.

On August 21, Additional District and Sessions Judge at Mandsaur, Nisha Gupta, awarded the death sentence to Irfan Mewati alias Bhaiyu (20) and Asif Mewati (24), after convicting them of abducting and raping an eight-year-old girl.

District Jail’s top official Sunil Sharma said both convicts were shifted to Ujjain Central Jail, about 150 km from here, this morning.

“There is a rule that the convicts who are awarded a sentence of 10 years or more or the death penalty must be lodged in a central jail,” Sharma said.

An eight-year-old girl was abducted when she was waiting for her father outside her school in Mandsaur on June 26, and gang-raped. The rapists also tried to kill her by slitting her throat.

The incident had led to state-wide outrage.

After the pronouncement of judgement on Tuesday, Asif Mewati was slapped by an unidentified man while being taken out of the court.

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