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Khunti gang-rape mastermind arrested in Jharkhand: Police

Press Trust of India  |  Khunti (J'khand) 

The mastermind behind the alleged gang-of five women activists and the abduction of four policemen from a BJP MP's residence in was arrested from district today, along with another accused, a said.

The second person was arrested from district for his alleged involvement in both the incidents, zonal IG (Ranchi) told a press conference here.

With the arrest of the two, a total of seven persons have been nabbed by the police in connection with the gang-case.

"The mastermind behind the Kochang gang-case and the June 26 kidnapping of four constables, who were deployed at the residence of Karia Munda, has been arrested. He has been identified as John Johnsas Tidu," Singh said.

Another person, identified as Balram Samad, was also arrested, he added.

Both the accused were residents of Kurunga village under the station in district, the zonal IG said.

Tidu was wanted in 12 cases, while Samad was wanted in eight criminal cases in district, he added.

The police had formed multiple teams following the rape and kidnap cases and during the raids carried out by the teams, Tidu was arrested from a place under the station in district and Samad was arrested from Jeevan Tola under the station in Khunti district.

The five women had gone to Kochang village in Khunti district to raise awareness on migration and human trafficking on June 19, when they were allegedly abducted from and later, gang-raped at gunpoint.

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First Published: Sun, July 22 2018. 20:40 IST