Woman raped; accused held

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IMPHAL, January 24:  A 25 year old woman was allegedly raped by one of her detainers as she was detained along with her boyfriend by three miscreants. They were detained while on a date at the foothills of the Major Khating Mahadev Makhong around 1 pm on January 22.

The main accused which was arrested on Thursday morning has been identified as Khuraijam Abung, 38, of Lamlongei Assam Rifle Gate, Khurai. The other two who are still at large are identified as Khamba Khuraijam and Boicha Nongthongbam.

Medical examination of both the alleged victim and the accused has been conducted at the Forensic Science Laboratory of the Regional institute of Medical Sciences in the afternoon on Friday.

Speaking to the media at a press conference, the alleged victim said, “On the evening of 22nd January, she met her boyfriend, Lukham of Noney Bazar, and were talking by sitting near the Major Bob Khating Ching. They were also sharing a song through Bluetooth on the day of the incident.”

“Three persons identifying themselves as officials of a local club accused that we were indulging in immoral activities in the area and snatched our mobile phones. After that I was taken to the foot hills by Abung and Boicha while Lukham was kept under the watch of Khamba.”

She said that after taking her in the foot hills Abung asked her whether they had sex in the area and she replied that they were not indulging in any immoral activity and was just simply sitting in the area.

But Abung insisted on checking her and proceeded to check whether she had sex and asked her to not make any noises and slapped her on the face.

After that the main accused Abung raped her as another accused Boicha touched her in inappropriate places. After detaining her for two hours, she was taken from the foothills and taken near her boyfriend.

The trio demanded money to release them and she was released around 4 pm only after pledging to bring 10 thousand rupees for her boyfriend’s released.

Meanwhile, a local woman of the Major Khating Mahadev Makhong said that the matter come to light only after the victim’s boyfriend was released by the three accused at around 5 p.m. The victim’s boyfriend after reaching home asked his aunt to give him money as he had to give the three persons who identified themselves as the club members.

On yesterday morning, some locals of the area begin searching for the three miscreants and detained Boicha as their suspicions grew and enquired him about the incident during which Boicha revealed that he along with Abung and Khamba had committed the crime, she added.

Thereafter, the victim’s uncle filed a report about the incident at the Heingang Police Station and the police arrested the accused Abung from his locality at around 9 am.

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