The Assam Police killed a prime accused in the gang-rape of a minor girl while he was trying to escape from custody, said an official.
According to the police, the accused was being taken to the crime scene for further investigation when he accused the police personnel accompanying him and allegedly try to flee from the spot.
The accused was taken to Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), where he was declared brought-dead.
“He was brought to the hospital around 1 am and there were four bullet injuries in his body. He had no heart beat when he was brought here. We have kept his body in the morgue and will hand it to his family after conducting the post-mortem.”Abhijit Sharma (GMCH Superintendent)
Along with the accused, two women personnel were also injured in the attack by the accused. Officer Twinkle Goswami, the in-charge of Panbazar women police station in Guwahati was also injured in the incident.
The accused was absconding after allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl at a hotel in Guwahati along with four other men. As per the complaint filed by the victim’s mother, the culprits, who sexually assaulted the girl, recorded the incident and threatened to leak the video of the victim if she revealed the matter to anyone.
On February 19, the two men, promised to delete the video of the girl only on the condition that she meet them in another hotel. When they met, the accused along with others forced themselves on her.
The Police booked the accused under the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Information Technology Act.
Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said in the assembly that crime rate decreased in the state following police action on alleged criminals when they try to escape from custody or attack any police personnel.
There has been a 30 percent decline in the crime rate, taking into account the number of cases registered in police stations during January-February of 2021 as compared to the same period this year said Sarma.
Sarma asked the police to be strict against criminals and shoot them in their leg if they try to flee the spot.