New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested six persons in connection with the gang-rape of a 39-year-old Swiss national on Friday. They have also recovered the stolen laptop and mobile phone of the Swiss couple from the arrested persons.
“We have arrested six accused persons who raped the Swiss woman and recovered her mobile and laptop,” SM Afzal, Inspector General, Chambal Range, said.
They were identified as Baba, Bhutha, Rampro, Gaza alias Brajesh, Vishnu Kanjar and Nitin Kanjar. While five were picked up earlier in the day, Nitin was arrested in the evening in Niwadi, about 100 km from Datia.
All the accused have admitted to the assault that took place on Friday night, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) D K Arya said.
The group of men had assaulted the Swiss woman after thrashing her husband with lathis (wooden sticks) and robbing the couple of their valuables. The incident had happened at a village near Datia where the woman and her husband were camping. On a bicycling trip, they had halted there while on their way from Orchha to Agra.
Switzerland has said that it is ‘profoundly shocked’ by the gang-rape and has demanded that those responsible for the “tragic incident” be quickly identified and punished. (Read)
Terming it as a “tragic incident”, a foreign ministry statement in Bern said, Swiss diplomats in India are in contact with the local authorities and have “demanded that those responsible be quickly identified and brought before the courts”.
The Swiss embassy in New Dehli and the consulate in Mumbai are also providing support to the couple, whose names have not been released, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation’s website reported.