Manvir Saini

CHANDIGARH: A Class X student was allegedly poisoned to death after she was gang raped by three persons, including a minor, in a village in the Bhattu Kalan block of Haryana’s Fatehabad district on Tuesday. The victim and the three accused belong to the same community and the same village.

Two of the accused are on the run. The third accused, who is a juvenile, also consumed poison and was rushed to Agroha Medical College and Hospital in Hisar. He is out of danger, Haryana DSP (headquarters) Gurdayal Singh said on Wednesday.

The three accused have been booked under the POCSO Act and murder charges have also been registered against them at the women police station in Fatehabad.

The minor girl’s body was handed over to her family after a post-mortem.

The victim was kidnapped by two of the accused from her home on Tuesday when her parents were at their flour mill on the outskirts of the village. The Class X student was taken to a secluded area where the third accused was waiting. After this, all the three accused, including two cousins, allegedly raped the student one by one.

Viscera samples to identify poison used

The accused then poisoned the student on pretext of giving her medicine and dropped her home.

In his complaint, the victim’s father said he and his wife had found their daughter missing from home when they returned for lunch. They started searching for her, but did not find her anywhere. The accused later dropped their daughter at home in evening.

At the time, the Class X student was semi-conscious and the accused told her parents that they had given her a medicine as she was unwell.

“Later in the evening, the girl’s condition deteriorated and she was rushed to the Fatehabad civil hospital. According to the victim’s father, she narrated the sequence of events she had gone through when the family was on its way to the hospital. The victim died during the treatment,” said DSP Gurdayal Singh.

After recording the father’s statement, the police sent her body for an autopsy. “We have sent the viscera samples for chemical examination to ascertain the kind of poison used by the accused,” he added.

Referring to the accused, the DSP confirmed that one of the accused is a minor.

“Let the accused be arrested. Only then will we be able to elaborate on the circumstances and exact place where the girl was raped and given poison,” DSP Gurdayal Singh said.