Palanpur: Mehsana police arrested six persons who allegedly gang-raped a 20-year-old married woman from Ahmedabad on August 2.
The woman was on way to her parents house in Radhanpur town of Patan district. She got down at Radhanpur Crossroads in Mehsana and was waiting for a private vehicle. As she was waiting at around 3pm, Navshad Khan alias Dabang Mumtaaz Khan Belim, a rickshaw driver stopped by and offered to take her to Radhanpur. It was from here that her ordeal began.

“Taking advantage of her loneliness, he took her to isolated place and raped her. He then called up his friends and took her to a hotel where others allegedly took turns to rape her. She was subjected to sexual assault till evening,” said Manjita Vanzara, deputy superintendent of police, Mehsana.

Along with Navshad Khan, police arrested other rickshaw drivers namely Javed Khan alias Nuro, Sohail alias Akko Sipahji, Rakesh Rawal, Rajendrasinh Jhala, residents of Mehsana town and Ajitsinh Thakore of Nani Dau village.

From the hotel, she was taken to a shop from where she managed to escape after biting one of the perpetrators. Sources said that she ran half-naked to a nearby garage where some people rescued her and informed her brother and relatives. A rape case was registered at Mehsana B-Division police station.

Mehsana superintendent of police, Nilesh Jajadia, said, “We had formed several teams of local crime branch, special operations groups, parole-furlogh squad and B-Division police station to trace the alleged rapists.”

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