GUWAHATI: A 20-year-old Adivasi girl was gang-raped, allegedly by three youth, in a moving train in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh on Thursday night. The Government Railway Police (GRP) arrested one of the accused, Prahlad Chetri. A resident of Bordumsa in Tinsukia district, Chetri was nabbed by the victim’s elder brother, who later handed him over to GRP. The police said they were trying to ascertain the identities of the remaining two accused persons.
The victim alleged she was raped by the troika when there was no other passenger in her compartment. “I was travelling from Bangalore by the Bangalore-Tinsukia Express train. When the train reached Dibrugarh at around 11 on Thursday night, most passengers had got off. After sometime, the trio cornered me near a toilet of the moving train and took turns to commit the crime on me,” the victim told reporters.
She said when she tried to scream for help, she was beaten up by the accused. The girls’ brother, who had come to receive her, said he had nabbed one of the accused when the train reached Tinsukia, some 50 km away from Dibrugarh.
“When the train reached Tinsukia, she told me about the incident. I chased the trio and eventually, managed to nab one of them,” he said. Chetri, the arrested accused, admitted his guilt. However, he expressed ignorance about the identities of the two others. The police said Chetri had befriended the two others on the train. They said the victim was travelling in another compartment and when all others had got off in Dibrugarh, an old man, who too was getting off, advised her to go to the next compartment where the three accused were travelling.
“We are trying to establish the identities of the two other accused. The girl has undergone a medical examination and we are waiting for the report,” inspector Dipak Tamuli of the GRP said. The victim said she was employed at a house in Bangalore.