HC says evident Murthal rape took place during Jat quota stir

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Chandigarh, Jan 20, 2017: The Punjab and Haryana High Court hearing the Murthal gangrape case observed that the levelled allegations were not baseless and that rape was committed during last February’s Jat quota agitation.

The bench comprising Justice SS Saron and Justice Darshan Singh observed that “Rather, rape had taken place and the culprits were required to be booked for instilling confidence in public at large.”

The court has ordered the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the alleged rape to redouble its efforts to identify the victims and perpetrators.

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After statements given by two witnesses Bobby Joshi and Raj Kumar, the bench took cognizance of the evidence that suggested rape.

Raj Kumar’s statement read, “Three-four boys dragged a girl by her hair and arm near a car ahead of his vehicle to bushes near Sukhdev Dhaba. She was screaming for help.”

The court’s observation comes after the Haryana government denied any such incident and said no credible eyewitness had backed the claims.

Next hearing of the case is on February 28.

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