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Gujarat police arrest five involved in gang-rape of Dahod minor girls

Friday March 17, 2017 3:27 PM, & Agencies

Dahod (Gujarat): Gujarat police Thursday arrested five men, allegedly involved in the gang-rape of two teenaged sisters in Dahod in a moving SUV.

The sixth suspect is on the run whereas seven others who played a role in kidnapping the girls are also missing, a police officer said.

Two minor girls, aged 13 and 15, were gang-raped in front of their father in Gujarat’s Dahod district. As per the police, the girls were raped in a moving SUV.

The police said one of the accused Kumat Baria had been named in a police complaint by the brother of the girls for selling liquor to him, which is prohibited in Gujarat.

On Wednesday morning, the police said, Baria and his accomplices, about 13 men, drove up on motorcycles and an SUV at the village shop that the father runs. They allegedly dragged the girls and the father into the SUV, and drove away.

After the incident, the accused dropped three of them near Mandav village and threatened them not to file any complaint.

According to local media reports, the key accused Kumat Baria's wife Sumitra is Sarpanch of Phangya village. She won in 2016 after contesting the local elections for the first time.

Gujarat has been a dry state, right from the 1960s when the state was carved out of Mumbai. It had continued with the prohibition policy, emulated later by some other states including Nagaland and Bihar.

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