Eyewitnesses should provide information to police: Khattar on Murthal gangrapes

Chandigarh, Feb.27 (ANI): Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday urged the eyewitnesses of the Murthal gangrapes during the Jat reservation agitation to provide information to the police.

“It is the duty of the eyewitnesses to come forward and give the information to the police. Besides going to news channels, they should provide the information to the police,” Khattar said.

“We have formed a special team for probing Murthal gangrapes. Whosoever wants to complain, can do so to the special cell. The witness can also provide information to it,” he added.

The first eyewitness in the mass gang rape of women on National Highway No.1 case today came forward saying that the women were assaulted by a group of youngsters who came on motorcycles and dragged into the fields.

“I saw some of the protestors ripping off the clothes of the women and taking them in the fields. I saw it myself with my own eyes that they tore the clothes of the women. They were moving on two wheelers and they were between the age of 20 to 26 years,” said the eye witness.

When asked if he could identify the culprits, he said, “I can identify them if they are brought forward.”

The eye witness further said that at around 2 p.m, while he was struck in the road jam, the miscreants set his truck and other vehicles on fire.

“The women walking on road were advised by protestors to take the village road to escape attack and then they were robbed and raped in the fields,” he added.

The Haryana Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) of Police Rajshri Singh who is heading committee to probe the rape incidents said that if eyewitness comes to them they will record the statement.

The investigating committee members may be contacted by victims on their mobile phones.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had taken suo moto cognizance of a report of mass gang rape of women in Murthal near Sonepat on February 22. (ANI)

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