Kochi: A 70-year-old retired naval official
has been arrested in connection with the case relating to the
rape of a minor girl allegedly by 100-odd persons, police said on Saturday.
A young businessman from the temple town of Palani in
Tamil Nadu was also arrested along with the ex-serviceman
Rajan Nair, who was a neighbour of the girl hailing from
Paravoor in Ernakulam district, police sources said.
Thirty two year-old Magudiswaran from Palani, a
61-year-old-man from Palakkad, Swamidasan and Shebin (28) were
arrested yesterday, taking the total arrests in the case to
The girl`s father, who was allegedly the first to exploit
her, is among those who have been arrested.
In another case of sexual abuse of a minor girl from
Kothamangalam near here, at least 11 persons have been
arrested. Two classmates of the girl were also picked by
police in connection with the case and produced before the
Juvenile Justice Board after which they were allowed to go
with their parents, sources said.