New Delhi, June 22: In yet another shocking incident, five NGO workers were gang-raped at gunpoint by at least half a dozen men in Khunti district of Jharkhand. Police said that all suspects have been identified and a hunt to nab absconding accused is on. As per a report, three people including two teachers and a priest have been taken into custody so far. As per a report, the incident took place when the NGO workers were on a visit to Kochang village to create awareness on human trafficking via a street play. But the situation turned ugly after few unidentified men came and took the performers away on gunpoint.
The victims claimed that the male workers of the NGO were beaten and forced to drink their own urine before being held captive in car. The survivors further alleged that the men took them into a forest, gangraped them and shot the entire episode on their mobile phones.
Initial investigation has found that the people behind ‘Pathalgarhi’ (a practice in which villagers inscribe various tenets on huge stone slabs and ban outsiders in their area), are behind the incident.
Ranchi DIG Amol V Homkar has constituted three teams to probe the incident which took place on June 19 at Kochang village. Talking to Times of India, DIG Homkar said,”The survivors, in their statement, alleged that the accused threatened them not to enter the area without their permission to propagate the government’s agenda.”
On Wednesday, an emergency meeting of officers was held in Khunti district after the police headquarters intervened into the matter.
“We have identified the survivors and the men accompanying them. All of them are adults. An FIR has been lodged and a medical board has been set up. The board is conducting medical examination of the survivors,” TOI quoted the DIG further.
Meanwhile, medical examination of the women has been completed and further investigations are underway.