Police investigating if girl who was raped in Whitefield lodge knew the accused
The faces of the four men who raped a 17-year-old I PU student at a Whitefield lodge over 10 days were made public by the police on Wednesday, a day after broke the story. The four were identified as Raghavendra (27) of Udupi, Sagar (22) of Davangere, Manju Raj (32) of Mysuru and Manoranjan Pandit (52) of West Bengal. Pandit is the owner of the lodge – Classical Inn – where the girl was confined and raped over 10 days.
The KR Puram police are also investigating if the girl knew any of the accused. All four have been remanded in judicial custody after the girl was rescued from the lodge on November 4. She had gone missing on October 26 and a formal missing complaint was lodged with the police on October 30.
The police are also in the process of recording her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code). Under 164 CrPC, the statement is recorded before a magistrate and this ensures that there is no change in stand while the case is being tried.
A team of women police personnel, along with the survivor, were taken to Room No 6 (where the girl was raped) of Classical Inn Lodge (near Whitefield railway station) to collect and record evidence. Meanwhile, the girl’s family is distraught and told that she has not been attending college after the ordeal that she went through.
17-year-old kidnapped, raped by 4 men over 10 days in Whitefield lodge
“My daughter is at home and not going to college since the incident. We have not yet decided when she will start going to college. I do not want to talk about this incident anymore,” the girl’s father told.
The three main accused (Raghavendra, Sagar and Manju Raj) run a tea stall and a milk booth near the lodge. The girl has alleged in her statement to the police that two of them had come to pick her up from Whitefield railway station saying that one of her friends had sent them. They had taken her to the lodge and then repeatedly raped her, she alleged. When Pandit, the lodge owner, came to know of the abduction, he threatened to inform the police but was convinced not to do so by the trio. He also raped her in exchange for his silence, the girl alleged.
The four were arrested on November 4 and charged under Sections 376D (gang rape) 368 (wrongfully concealing or keeping in confinement, kidnapped or abducted person), 363 (kidnapping), and other sections of the IPC and Sections 4 and 6 of POCSO (Protection of Children against Sexual Offences) Act.