Balrampur: A key witness in the case of alleged gang-rape of a 22-year-old Dalit woman in Balrampur district, who later succumbed to her injuries, has come forward.
The local doctor was called to treat the victim by the two accused at a room behind a grocery store.
The doctor told reporters on Friday that at around 5 pm on Tuesday, one of the accused visited his clinic to take him to his house to treat the victim, introducing her as a family member.
The doctor said he became suspicious when he found the victim lying alone on a sofa.
“I returned immediately, saying that I will treat her only in the presence of her family members and started asking for her father’s name and contact number. The youths then told me that they would bring the victim to the clinic with her father for the treatment, but they did not do so. Later, I came to know that she had died,” he said.
Earlier, the victim’s mother alleged that some youths had abducted her daughter while she was returning home from the college.
According to the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Balrampur Dev Ranjan Verma, The woman had gone to take admission in a college near her village but did not return home till late in the evening.
However, the woman later returned with a glucose drip inserted in her hand while the family members were searching for her.
The two accused were arrested after an FIR was registered following a complaint filed by the victim’s brother. The accused were booked under sections 376-D and 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for gang-rape and murder respectively.