Foremost accused in UP gangrape case held

Budaun (UP), January 8

A priest was quizzed for his alleged role in the gangrape of an anganwadi worker in this Uttar Pradesh district after his arrest in the early hours of Friday.

“Mahant” Satya Narayan, the main accused in the case, was hiding in a forest area near the house of one of his followers at Mewali village under the Ughaiti police station, from where he was picked up in a late-night crackdown, they said, adding that he was on the run for five days. The priest, who is in his 50s, was immediately arrested and interrogated by a police team.

Sankalp Sharma, SSP, said sub-inspector incharge of the area Amarjit Singh, was suspended on Friday. Ughaiti SHO Raghvendra Pratap was suspended earlier for a “delay in informing higher authorities, laxity in taking action, dereliction of duty and failure in taking speedy action”. — PTI

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