The Assam police on Tuesday arrested three culprits, Muzammil Sheikh, Nazibul Sheikh and Farouk Rahman, for raping two minor tribal girls and hanging their bodies on a tree after killing the two in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.
In a deplorable incident, the two girls aged 14 and 16 from the Rabha community were first raped and then murdered by the perpetrators. Initially it was reported as suicide. However, the family of the victim refused to accept and demanded an investigation.
Kokrajhar SP Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar in an interview to The Indian Express informed that the seven people arrested in the case have confessed to raping the girls — aged 14 and 16 — and killing them.
“Based on our interrogation of the accused, we have reconstructed the crime,” Thube added.
Cracking the case in 72 hours SP Thube informed that as per the confession, the accused were known to the girls and belonged to areas near to where the girls’ families live.
Assam CM on top of the case
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had taken to Twitter to condole the death of the minors and instructed the police to undertake an extensive investigation to nab the perpetrators.
Sarma, on Sunday, visited the families of the victim and extended support.
“We’re extremely pained at the tragic incident of Abhayakhuti, Kokrajhar. To reassure family of 2 minor girls, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in mysterious condition on Friday, I met them today to console & share their pain. Assam Govt stands firmly by them,” he wrote in a Tweet.
We’re extremely pained at the tragic incident of Abhayakhuti, Kokrajhar.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 13, 2021
To reassure family of 2 minor girls, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in mysterious condition on Friday, I met them today to console & share their pain.
Assam Govt stands firmly by them.
Following the case closely, Sarma on Tuesday took to Twitter to announce the outcome of the investigation.
The rape and murder of two minor tribal Girls have been been solved. @lrbishnoiassam , IGP,BTR called me to inform about the outcome of the investigation. I have visited their residence on Sunday. Feeling extremely a sense of satisfaction that the Culprits have been identified— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 14, 2021
In another Tweet, Sarma revealed the names of the accused and congratulated the Assam police for adopting a steadfast approach to solve the case.
Muzammil Sheikh, Nazibul Sheikh and Farouk Rahman arrested for rape and murder of 2 tribal minor girls in Kokrajhar dist.The heinous crime was allegedly committed with the girls first choked to death & their bodies hanged in a tree to hoodwink. @assampolice did a commendable job.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 15, 2021
He said that the girls were first choked to death and their bodies were hanged on a tree in an attempt to hoodwink and make it appear like suicide.
As per reports, the three men were directly involved in rape and murder of the two girls while four tried to destroy evidence and mislead the investigators.