Hours after it came to light that a serving defence personnel was the main accused in the shocking gang-rape of a 19-year-old girl in Haryana’s Rewari district, the Army on Saturday assured strict action him.
Reacting to the shocking incident, Lieutenant General Cherish Mathson, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Command assured swift action in the matter and said that “Army doesn’t shelter criminals”.
“If an Army personnel is involved in the crime we will see that the person is caught and booked for rape. We do not shelter criminals,” Lt Gen Mathson told reporters.
The remarks from the top ranking Army official came shortly after police investigation claimed that a serving Army personnel – Pankaj – was the key accused in the case.
The Haryana Police, which is probing the Rewari gang-rape case, on Saturday released the pictures of all three accused in the case and said they will be arrested very soon.
The Haryana Police confirmed that the three accused have been identified as – Manish, Nishu and Pankaj – an Army personnel.
Sharing details about the ongoing investigation into the shocking case, Haryana DGP said, ”A case has been registered in connection with the incident. We have released pictures of the three accused. One of them is an Army personnel.”
The Haryana DGP said that they have issued arrest warrants against them and the culprits will be arrested very soon.
”We’re issuing the arrest warrants against them. Hope arrests will be made by this evening,” he added.
The father of the young woman, a school topper who was felicitated by the government last year, said that she could have been raped by eight to 10 men.
The girl’s mother too hit out at the police for allegedly failing to take action in the case and said that her daughter was traumatised even as the accused “were roaming freely” after the incident.
“She has named three accused, but when the horrific incident took place, she sensed that 8-10 persons could have been there,” the victim’s father had told reporters in Rewari on Friday, noting she was drugged by the accused.