Accused to Be Paraded for Identification in Army Rape Case
Army in Assam
DIPHU: After the medical report appeared to confirm that the three women from two adjacent villages near Dokmoka had been raped on April 6, the evidence found at the places where the incidents took place had also been sent for forensic test including DNA classification.
This was stated by DC Karbi Anglong Mukul Gogoi at a press conference held here at the Diphu Circuit House, Sunday which was also attended by the SP of Karbi Anglong, Muktdha Joty Deva Mahanta.
Army authorities of the 4 Corps from Tezpur have also arranged for a Test Identification Parade (TIP) before a magistrate. SP Karbi Anglong M.J. Mahanta said the victims were to identify the two army men, who are the main suspects.
However, in view of the trauma faced by the victims the TIP would be held at a later date.
Mahanta said after TIP led to identification, police will seek sanction for prosecution of the accused persons from the competent authority in view of the Armed Forces Special (Powers) Act in force. Narrating the sequences of the incident that had rocked Karbi Anglong, Mahanta said police received information on April 7 from an unofficial source after which a magistrate was deputed to Dokmoka police station to assist the victims with legal procedures but the victims could reach the police station only on April 8.
Further, DC also disclosed that a three-pronged investigation has been formed to probe the case. One was an independent magisterial inquiry headed by an ADC to probe the April 6 rape, attack on the army camp including resultant police firing on April 10 in Dokmoka town.
In addition, the defence ministry has also instituted an internal inquiry headed by Col.Ganesh which had begun work on Sunday, stated DC Karbi Anglong Mukul Gogoi.
He said in addition, Police has also formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Addl.SP Karbi Anglong Bolin Deury and assisted by Investigation Officer Miss. N. Singson, APS.
DC Karbi Anglong said that on the basis of their complaints, two cases were registered under section 376/5-11 of CrPC and another under section 376 read with Prevention of Child from Sexual Offence Act (POCSO).
The three victims were medically examined at Diphu Civil Hospital.
Further the DC also appealed to all women, students and human rights group to maintain peace and not to resort to agitation during the period of investigation.
On Monday, the army inquiry team headed by Col.Ganesh will discuss the issue with women organisations.
It may also be recalled, that on April 10, thousands of women, students in uniform and other organisations of Karbi Anglong, laid siege on the army picket at the state PWD inspection bungalow shouting slogans and attempted to storm the camp by demolishing bunkers and barricades besides bringing down watch towers. Police tried to pacify the agitating crowd and had to fire several blank shots at around 2.30 p.m. after several youths pelted stones in which around 50 students were injured, while two students of Class VII of Dokmoka Higher Secondary School were injured on the lower limbs. Police however, denied firing on the crowd. Separate inquiry has been instituted by DC Karbi Anglong to be headed by ADC Brojen Chandra Das.