Jawan accused of rape commits suicide

Jawan accused of rape commits suicide

GUWAHATI: An army jawan who allegedly raped a minor girl in Karbi Anglong district of Assam has allegedly committed suicide, District Commissioner Mukul Gogoi informed.

"We have received information that a jawan has committed suicide. Investigation is going on to ascertain which personnel were involved [in the minor's rape]," Mr. Gogoi informed a leading national daily.

The jawan, identified as Satyabir Dara of the 8 Jat Regiment, shot himself with his rifle. He was rushed to Diphu Civil Hospital where he was declared "brought dead," Karbi Anglong Superintendent of Police M J Mahanta said.

Dara, hailing from Haryana, was identified as the prime accused and was likely to be arrested on Monday, he said adding, the body has been sent for post-mortem.

Locals claimed that a 13-year-old girl was raped and her mother (38) and her grandmother (55) were molested by a group of Army jawans on April 6.

Several Karbis and members of other communities of Karbi Anglong have been protesting for nearly a week, demanding the arrest of the accused army personnel. (Agencies)

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