Thursday, June 6, 2013

India: 3 men have been arrested in the gang rape of a 30-year-old American tourist in Manali, the Himachal Pradesh police said

The men are from Nepal but have been residing in the resort town of Manali, the police said in a statement. Two of them, whose names were listed as Arjun, 22, and Lakki, 24, were arrested close to their residence. The third man, Som Bahadur Tamang, 24, was caught in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. Vinod Kumar Dhawan, superintendent of police in the Kullu district, said that Tamang was trying to evade arrest by traveling with a female friend under the “garb of a married couple.” The victim, who was staying at a guesthouse in the old part of Manali, reported that she had been raped as she was making her way back from Vashisht, which is about two miles north of Manali. She said that she was offered a ride in the truck by three men, who then took her to a secluded spot and raped her. The police said that they found the vehicle, a brick-colored mini-truck whose license plate was registered in Himachal Pradesh, in which they say the rape occurred.

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