CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Police on Sunday registered the first FIR in the Murthal gangrape incidents after a Delhi-based woman lodged a case of sexual assault against her own relatives.
Sources said the Special Investigation Team constituted to probe the alleged gangrapes along the National Highway in Murthal during the Jat agitation registered a case at an all-women police station on the complaint of the victim, who belongs to Narela in Delhi.
Sources said the woman made a phone call on one of the helpline numbers issued by the state police, following which she was requested to report to the Murthal police station. She filed a complaint at the station alleging that she was gangraped by her bother-in-law and six others on the intervening night of February 22, 23. She claimed she was accompanied by her 12-year-old daughter, who was not harmed. The complainant claimed that she knew all the accused and could identify them.
The police suspect a family dispute to be the cause of the crime and have initiated investigations to the matter. Deputy Inspector General of Police Rajshree Singh, who is heading the three-member all-women police officer team investigating the Muthal gangrape incidents, said, “The woman arrived at Murthal police station and said she was gangraped during the intervening night of February 22 and 23. She recorded her statement and we registered an FIR.”
Meanwhile, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar made it clear that those involved in violence and assaulted women during the stir would not be spared even as he again asked people to share information about incidents. In a statement issued here, the chief minister said some “rowdy elements” committed the crimes of “looting and arson” by taking the law in their hands and disrupted peace in the state.
The Haryana government has released two email ids -- reliefcmharyana@gmail. com and email@example.com -- and WhatsApp number 9501053696 for those affected by the riots to communicate with the Chief Minister.
The State government has also released an interim assistance of Rs 1,12,56,638 to 203 persons whose properties were damaged in recent Jat agitation. This amount will be released directly to the bank accounts of claimants through real-time gross settlement systems (RTGS) on February 29.
Financial aid of Rs 59,55,833 will be given to 100 persons in Rohtak district, Rs 26,55,555 to 36 persons in Jhajjar, Rs 16,22,500 to 14 persons in Sonepat, Rs 9,88,000 to 49 persons in Jind and Rs 34,750 to four persons in Hisar district. Full claims would be made to claimants after verification by an assessment committee within seven days.