Security stepped up in Pratapgarh after violence



Jaipur: The situation was tense on Tuesday but under control in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh district where police clashed with locals protesting the rape of a minor girl allegedly by two constables.

In order to maintain law and order, extra police personnel have been deployed in the area.

Senior police and district administration officials are camping in the town where an agitated mob last night torched several vehicles including that of police and district administration, a police outpost and pelted stones at police following the rape of the minor girl.

"We have deployed additional forces in the area and identifying those involved in stone pelting and torching vehicles. No arrest has been made so far and efforts are on to arrest the accused," Superintendent of Police, Pratapgarh, Prem Prakash, said today.

"The two accused constables have already been suspended yesterday. Condition of those injured in the stone pelting and lathicharge is fine," he said.

19 persons, including five policemen, were injured as violence broke out in Choti Saadadi area in the district after the girl was allegedly raped by two police constables in a residential quarter in the local police station complex yesterday.

The victim, who went missing two months ago, had been traced by the police and handed over to her parents few days back. Two constables, Pawan Kumar and Tej Singh, approached the house of the girl at around 3:30 AM yesterday and took her to the police station on the pretext of recording her statement.

Instead of going to the station, they took her to a quarter in the complex and allegedly gang-raped her.

When locals came to know about the incident, they gathered at the police station and demanded stern action against the constables. Some of the protesters set ablaze a few vehicles and pelted stones at policemen.

"To control the situation, we had to fire in air and resort to lathicharge," a senior police officer had said.

PTI