In a major breakthrough, police in Goa have arrested all three tourists from Madhya Pradesh hours after they allegedly stripped, photographed and gang-raped a 20-year-old girl in south Goa in front of her boyfriend.
“All three accused have been arrested. Two accused Sanjiv Dhananjay Pal (23), and Ram Santosh Bhariya (19), both from Indore, were arrested early on Saturday morning. The third accused Vishwas Makrana (24), also from Indore, was picked up from a railway station in South Goa later today,” Superintendent of Police, South Goa, Arvind Gawas, told reporters on Saturday.
All three accused were arrested while they were trying to escape.
The incident, according to news agency PTI, had happened at the Sernabhatim beach, 50 km from the state capital Panaji on Thursday night, last week. A police officer was quoted as saying, “They stripped the couple, clicked their photographs and demanded money.”
Later, the three men gang-raped the woman, in front of her boyfriend, the official said.
South Goa Superintendent of Police Arvind Gawas had told PTI that the woman had been sent for medical examination, and reports are awaited. Police were questioning several suspects but no arrest has been made yet, Gawas said.
Police have said that medical examination of the victim has confirmed rape.
An FIR was filed late on Friday at the Colva police station under sections 376 (rape) and 394 (robbery) of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Goa’s Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai tweeted stressing that the quality of tourists ought to have been the focus for the state. He wrote, “Kudos to @PoliceGoa for quickly cracking Betalbatim Gang Rape Case with the arrest of all 3 accused from Madhya Pradesh. A case of blackmail, rape & robbery by “tourists” ! I have always stressed that quality of tourists should be our focus !Only then can #Goa be safe & forward!”
Kudos to @PoliceGoa for quickly cracking Betalbatim Gang Rape Case with the arrest of all 3 accused from Madhya Pradesh. A case of blackmail, rape & robbery by “tourists” ! I have always stressed that quality of tourists should be our focus !Only then can #Goa be safe & forward!
— Vijai Sardesai (@VijaiSardesai) May 26, 2018
Sardesai, who heads Goa Forward Party, had recently courted controversy saying that most of the tourists coming to Goa were ‘scum of the earth.’