Bulandshahr gangrape: Police arrest main accused Salim Bawaria after week-long chase
The main accused in the Bulandshahr gangrape of a woman and her daughter was today arrested by the UP police, state DGP Javeed Ahmed said.
Along with the main accused Salim Bawaria, two more culprits have also been held.
With the arrest of these three, all the six accused are now in police custody.
"Remaining three accused in Bulandshahr gang rape case arrested," Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Javeed Ahmed said.
Salim, the head of a criminal gang, was on a run across eastern India, police said.
The sensational crime, that has sparked off attacks on the state's Akhilesh Yadav government on the law and order situation, occurred near Dastampur village on National Highway-91 (Delhi-Kanpur) on Saturday night, when a gang of eight criminals stopped the car in which a family from Ghaziabad's Khoda locality to their village for some rituals following a death, robbed them and raped a woman and her daughter.
The criminals employed a unique ruse to stop the car, creating an obstacle that made it seem the car had a defect, and when the driver stopped to check, the gang members burst out and held the family at gun-point.
While one of the eight criminals put the pistol at the driver's head and took the all male members to a sugarcane field where they were kept restrained, the other accomplices took the two women - a 39-year-old and her 13-year-old daughter - to the other side and gang raped them.
The distraught father said his daughter kept crying out for help and repeating his name but he could do nothing, since he was being held at gun point. Victims saw a police patrol vehicle pass through the highway but could not shout for help due to the presence of the armed criminals.
The victims walked to the police station after covering over 5 to 6 km but police's response remained apathetic. The women were not given a proper medical treatment and there was no provision of counsellors. Police remained unhelpful throughout the entire process of legal formalities.