Five people were arrested on Saturday on charges of raping a 16-year-old in the Jalaya area of Karbook subdivision in Tripura recently. All of them were produced in court which sent them to jail.
Police said the parents of the victim had lodged an FIR against the accused under sections 366 (A), 376 (D) and sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
The arrested have been identified as Manojit (26), Pradip Tripura (19), Kajal Tripura (21), Nripendra Tripura (27) and Antar Tripura (20). Police have launched a massive manhunt to trace Kahini Tripura (27), another accused in the case. All of them are residents of Mantridas Para village.
The girl has alleged that she was first raped in a school building by Manojit, her boyfriend, with whom she had eloped on July 8 from her native village and then returned home the next day.
On July 11, she again eloped with him in a car but there were five other men present in the vehicle this time. The girl said all of them raped her in an unidentified school building and again outraged her modesty in a rubber garden the next morning. Later, they dumped her in front of her house on Thursday night. She was rushed to Karbook Social Hospital in a critical condition, reports TOI.
Subdivisional police officer Manimoy Chakma said the statement of the victim has been registered. Police said the medical examination on the girl has confirmed that she was raped.