Thursday, October 29, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Rape accused widens bars with bare hands, escapes lock up

Rape accused widens bars with bare hands, escapes lock up
TNN 28 October 2009, 10:51pm IST

BHAVNAGAR: A man who had raped his minor niece in Modha village of
Mahuva taluka two years ago escaped from a lock-up on Tuesday
afternoon after
widening its bars with his bare hands.

Lakha Dalit escaped from within the Mahuva court complex while he was
eating his lunch in an old jail room within the premises, police said.

"Lakha was booked for rape of his 12-year-old niece in Moda village in
2007. Based on the girl's complaint at Kutadwa police station, Lakha
was arrested and later sent to jail by the local court. On Tuesday, he
was brought to Mahuva for a hearing," said a police official.

"As proceedings went on till late in the afternoon, Lakha was given
lunch in an old jail room, which is not in current use," he said, "The
two constables of Mahuva police station, who were guarding Lakha went
to eat food themselves. Lakha took this opportunity and managed to
bend the prison grills, as they were very old and not strong."

"Lakha was scared that he would be convicted after Tuesday's hearing
as the rape victim, now 14, spoke against him clearly with full
details of the crime.," said SS Sheikh police inspector of Mahuva
police station, who is investigating the case.

"We have alerted all nearby police stations and put up road blocks,"
Sheikh said on Wednesday evening, by when police had made no headway.
"We sent the girl and her father to their village with full police
protection. Police will be guarding their house as well," Sheikh said.
Police expect to nab Lakha soon as he has no money and no means of

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