All five gangrape accused remanded in two more days of police custody

Chandigarh

Five dismissed Chandigarh Police constables who are accused of raping a 17-year-old girl were remanded for two more days in police custody as the prosecution submitted before the court that during investigations it has come out that the girl was allegedly raped in a private vehicle also. Hence, they need to corroborate it, for which they need further police custody of the accused.

It was also submitted by the prosecution that since December 21 efforts are being made to make the victim join the investigation but she didn't agree. Once she agrees to join the investigation, new facts might get disclosed. The crime scene has been cross checked by the accused. Prosecution further submitted that according to the investigating officer one of the the accused Akshay confessed to having a relationship with the victim.

The counsel for the victim Berjeshwar S Jaswal demanding the extension of the remand said that the victim has disclosed that the accused used to harass three other girls from her locality, however, she did not disclose their identity. Jaswal submitted before the court that custodial interrogation of the accused is imperative to find out the harassment allegedly meted out to other girls.

Jaswal added, "The identity of the victim was made public after the FIR was uploaded on the official website of the Chandigarh police. Poeple then started approaching her, following which she had to change her residence. In her statement before the magistrate she said she does not want police to come to her house and that her identity be kept a secret."

Defence counsel for one of the accused opposed the application moved by the prosecution for the extension of police remand and said that custodial interrogation of his client is not required and the police cannot be given free hand. He added that police cannot contact the victim at the last moment and it is their failure so the remand of his client should not be extended.

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