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2 armymen arrested on charges of raping airman's wife

2 armymen arrested on charges of raping airman's wife

Haryana Police arrested Hottam Singh and Iftikhar Khan on rape charges.

Chandigarh: Two Indian Army personnel have been arrested for allegedly raping the wife of an airman at the Command Hospital Chandimandir Cantonment of Army's Western Command in Panchkula near Chandigarh.

Haryana Police on Tuesday arrested Hottam Singh and Iftikhar Khan who are employed as nursing attendants at the Army hospital.

"The two main accused -- Hottam Singh and Iftikhar Khan, working as nursing attendants at the army hospital, have been arrested and further investigations are on," Senior Superintendent of Police (Panchakula) Sandeep Khirwar was quoted as saying by PTI.

The 35-year-old woman had complained that she was raped by the duo when she visited the hospital for physiotherapy. A third person named Raj filmed the entire incident, she alleged. So far medical reports have not confirmed rape.

Three persons, including the arrested, were booked for the crime after a case was registered based on a complaint filed by the woman against them on Sunday.

A defence spokesperson said the two main accused belonged to Army Medical Corps and were posted at the hospital which falls in Chandimandir, the Army's Western Command headquarters.

Panchkula police have moved a formal request to the army, seeking the custody of the two accused as they are army personnel.

The police had also recorded the victim's statement before the judicial magistrate in Panchkula.

Police said that in her complaint the victim, who is a native of Bihar and is currently residing in Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory quarters at Panchkula, alleged that she had gone to the hospital in Chandimandir on Saturday for physiotherapy.

A FIR had been registered under Sections 376, 506, 294, 354 of the IPC, police said.

Once she was through with the treatment, she went to see one of her relatives who was admitted in the hospital. On her way, she was dragged to a nearby room by three men who raped her.

While Singh, a native of Madhya Pradesh is working as the documentation in-charge of the neuro-surgical ward, Khan, a resident of Bihar, joined the nursing staff of the same ward around seven months back.

The victim, in her complaint, alleged that Singh also asked her not to disclose the incident to anyone and threatened that it had been recorded and the footage would be made public in case she did so.

The woman has been living with her son after her husband was recently transferred to Jamnagar Air Force Station in Gujarat.

(With inputs from PTI)

first published:November 25, 2008, 15:21 IST