Patna: The Patna and Jehanabad police, on Sunday night, arrested four persons, including a minor, in connection with the attempted gang-rape of a minor girl near Bharthuwan village under Kako police station area in the Jehanabad district. The incident took place on April 28. Those nabbed include a 13-year-old boy. The names of the other accused are Amar Kumar (18), Deepak Yadav (18), and Sunil Yadav (18).
On Monday, IG Nayyar Hasnain Khan told a press conference that five more accused have been identified. An FIR has been lodged under Section 376 of IPC, POCSO Act and sections of the IT Act at Jehanabad Nagar police station.
Social media video prodded police into action
The video of the incident went viral on social media last Saturday. In the video, seven or eight boys are trying to misbehave with a girl. The minor girl in the video can be seen pleading with her perpetrators while they enjoy taking turns in groping her. On April 29, zonal IG took cognisance of the matter. At his orders, a case was registered at the police station on the night of April 29. The zonal IG ordered Jehanabad and Patna police to take quick action. Eventually, within 24 hours, the police identified the culprits and arrested four of them.
Two were groping her, two were filming the scene
Two of the four boys in the video were seen trying to molest the girl. Both have been since identified using the video footage. Another two boys from Banki, who were making the video, have also been identified. They have confessed to their crime.
Girl’s school bag, notebooks strewn around
The police team also recovered a school bag from near the crime scene. Books and notebooks were found torn and strewn around on the ground. It seems that the accused snatched the girl’s bag from her and threw it in the nearby field. The police recovered a torn notebook from near the canal, with the name of the girl written on it. The police also recovered the victim’s torn clothes.
According to sources, On April 27 evening, the girl was travelling on a bike with one of her friends when, near the Bharthuya canal, the accused ambushed them. They abducted the girl and beat up the boy who was trying to protect her from the culprits.