Highway robbers suspected to be involved in 10 cases of rape, murder arrested

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Highway robbers suspected to be involved in 10 cases of rape, murder arrested

Sumedha Sharma

Tribune News Service

Gurugram, July 15

Nuh police on Thursday claimed to have busted a gang of four rapists and murderers who would allegedly abduct women on roads and dump their mutilated bodies in water channels.

The accused, who have so far confessed and shared details of two recent gory murders are suspected to have been involved in more than 10 such cases in the areas between Nuh and Rajasthan.

The accused would either abduct or give lift to vulnerable women on roads or highways especially in industrial areas.

“The women who roam on streets or roads near these areas at night are the ones who will have nobody looking for them so they were easy targets,” the accused reportedly told police in their statement.

They would then take women to different areas in Nuh. After sexually assaulting them, the accused would mutilate their bodies and dump them in water channels.

The gang was also allegedly involved in highway robberies and was caught planning one.

“They have so far shared details of two deaths in area—their first target in 2018 and latest in 2020, but are suspected to be involved in around 10 cases. Mutilated bodies of raped women were being found in Nuh, Rajasthan districts of Bhiwadi, etc., for quite some time and we suspect the gang to be responsible for same. They are being interrogated and we will be able to crack these cases soon,” said SP (Nuh) Narendra Bijarniya.

The Nuh police have alerted their counterparts in other districts, including Mewat area of Rajasthan, over recovery of unidentified and mutilated bodies of women and the possibility of the deceased being rape victims.

According to police, the accused are identified as Devender alias Bablu, Manjeet, Nasir and Rinku alias Rishabh. The gang was busted by a team of CIA Tauru cops led by SI Satya

Prakash who had got a tip off about a gang of highway robbers active in Rangla Ghati. The team conducted a raid and nabbed them. When brought for interrogation the gang reportedly confessed not just robbing people on highways but also picking women in their pickup van and raping them. They claimed to have started this in 2018.

“Highway robberies were easiest way to earn money and while doing so we realised that we can also target women. It was April 2018 when we were going towards Bhiwadi and we saw a girl on highway. We abducted her and took her to Uthon village and raped her. She could reveal our identity so we killed her. We mutilated her face and threw her in Bibipur channel. We were scared for first few days and laid low but when we realised that there was no action, we grew confident and started committing such crimes regularly,” the accused reportedly told police during interrogation.

“It was in July last year when one of the accused Devender was visiting his in-laws in Garhi Hodal village. A local girl thinking their vehicle to be public transport boarded it. They raped, killed her and dumped the body in Bilaspur road lake. They had same modus operandi every time but never repeated their places of rape and dumping of bodies,” said SI Satya Prakash.

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