One more person has been arrested today for allegedly kidnapping and raping a class 9 girl in a moving car in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar district, police said.
In the absence of a toilet, the girl had gone to a secluded area to relieve herself near Roshanpur village in the district on August 27 when three men allegedly kidnapped her and raped her in a car while driving through the district. They later dumped her near the village, according to the police.
Two accused were held the same day, the police said, adding that 19-year-old Monu, the third person involved in the crime, has been arrested today.
"On a tip-off, Monu was held from his house in Astauli village of Dankaur area this morning. He was absconding since the day of the crime," Station House Officer (SHO) at Dankaur Police Station Farmood Ali Pundir told reporters in Noida.
He was driving the hatchback car in which his friends and main accused Ajay Singh Gujjar and Surendra Singh Gujjar allegedly raped the minor, the police officer said.
Ajay and Surendra have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including section 367 (kidnapping) and 376 (rape). Monu has not been charged for rape but for his complicity in the crime, he said.
The three accused have also been charged under relevant sections of the Prevention of Children against Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The car used in the crime belonged to Monu's father, the police officer said, adding that the car was seized.
Monu has been sent to judicial custody, he said.
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