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Chhattisgarh: Teacher, watchman held for raping girls

First published: January 7, 2013, 5:09 PM IST | Updated: January 7, 2013
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Chhattisgarh: Teacher, watchman held for raping girls
Medical examination has confirmed rape of nine out of the 40 students of a government-run residential school.

Raipur: Two persons, including a teacher, have been arrested for allegedly raping minor inmates of a government-run residential school for tribal girls in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Monday.

Accused Mannu Ram Gota, 24, a contractual teacher, was arrested on Sunday night from forest area of Narharpur, Superintendent of Police Rahul Bhagat said. Medical examination has confirmed rape of nine out of the 40 students, who are residing at the hostel located in Narharpur police station limits, he said. Medical tests are still underway.

On Sunday, school watchman Deenaram was arrested in the case for sexually abusing the girls over several months. The Chhattisgarh government has ordered a high-level probe into the incident and Director General of Police (DGP) Ramniwas has deputed IPS officer Neetu Kamal to investigate the case.

According to the DGP, stringent action will be taken against those who will be found guilty after the probe. Meanwhile, services of both the accused along with hostel warden Babita Markam have been terminated by district collector Alarmelmangai.

Condemning the incident, opposition Congress has accused the state government of being unable to protect women.

A probe committee of the Congress headed by senior party leader Ganga Potai on Monday visited the children and their parents, following which it will submit its report to high command in the state.

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