Khunti, July 22: The key accused responsible for gangraping five women activists at gunpoint in Jharkhand’s Khunti was arrested on Sunday. Police official informed PTI that another accused was also arrested along with the mastermind in East Singhbhum district today. The second person was arrested from Khunti district for his alleged involvement in two incidents- in the gangrape incident, and for the abduction of four policemen from a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP’s residence in Jharkhand, zonal IG (Ranchi) Naveen Kumar Singh said in a press conference.

As of now, a total of seven people- in connection with the gangrape case, have been put behind bars.

“The mastermind behind the Kochang gang-rape case and the June 26 kidnapping of four constables, who were deployed at the residence of BJP MP Karia Munda, has been arrested. He has been identified as John Johnsas Tidu,” Singh said. Another person, identified as Balram Samad, was also arrested, he added.

Both the accused were residents of Kurunga village under the Arki police station in Khunti district, the zonal IG said. Tidu was wanted in 12 cases, while Samad was wanted in eight criminal cases in Khunti district, he added.

It must be noted that, 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 had been identified and a hunt to nab absconding accused was on. 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 at 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 a car. The survivors further alleged that the men took them into a forest, gangraped them and shot the entire episode on their mobile phones.