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Hyderabad police has arrested one and identified the five accused in the Hyderabad gang-rape case, according to NDTV.

Earlier they had only confirmed the involvement of an MLA’s son, according to a report by India Today. However, the MLA’s family had now claimed that the accused got down from the car and was seated in a cafe when the alleged crime took place, according to the report.

The MLA’s family also claimed that the boy was later picked up by one of his brothers from the cafe and the police have collected the CCTV footage and are verifying the claims.

The case

A 17-year-old girl in Hyderabad who went to a party was allegedly gang-raped by schoolboys inside a Mercedes car last Saturday, according to a reports.

According to the complainant, on 28 May, Saturday, the 17-year-old minor girl went to a party at a pub in Jubilee Hills which was hosted by her friends. “At about 5.30 pm, she was taken out of the pub by a few guys in a car. Later, they misbehaved with my daughter and assaulted her, she has minor injuries on her neck. Since then my daughter is in deep shock and unable to disclose the things exactly,” reads the girl’s father’s complaint.

Initially, a case was booked under Section 354 of IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the accused involved in the incident. But after the new facts emerged police altered the case and added section 376 (gang rape) of the IPC to it. The 17-year-old girl was sent for medical examination.

‘We provide security inside the premises’

The manager of Insomnia Pub Sai Kiran said “We provide security inside the premises, nothing can happen inside. The incident occurred after they made her sit in their car outside.”

Speaking about the incident, Kiran said the pub was booked by a person Ishaan and had invited 150 people for food and mocktails, as they had recently finished their exams. “They had finished their exams and booked our place for 150 people only for food and mocktails — zero liquor. We completely seized our liquor and only then allowed the people inside,” said Sai Kiran.

“Later 30 more people arrived and we provided security from our end. We also test the alcohol level of the guests who enter the premises. We do not allow cigarettes either,” he added.

‘Accused have not been identified so far’

A case was lodged by the Hyderabad police on Friday against five minors for allegedly raping the minor on 28 May at the Jubilee Hills Police Station area.

“The police have registered a case under section 354, and 323 of the Indian Penal Code and section 9 r/w 10 of POCSO Act,” said Joel Davi, DCP West Zone. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) Joel Davis said that the accused have not been identified so far.

“The rape case was registered based on the complaint of the victim’s father. Subsequently, after the victim’s statement, we altered the sections and added sections 9 and 10 of the POCSO Act. Around 5 accused are involved,” Davis told ANI over the phone.

“She is not in a position to identify the accused, so we are in the process of identifying the accused zeroing through other technical details. Prima facie, accused are also juvenile,” he added.

Political storm

Telangana minister KT Rama Rao has requested the state home minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali, DGP and Hyderabad City Police Commissioner to take immediate and stern action into the case and not to “spare anyone involved irrespective of their statuses or affiliations”.

Mahmood Ali has replied “strong action will be taken against all the offenders, irrespective of their background”.

TRS leader K Kavitha said, “in the sad and shameful incident where a minor was raped, we stand by the family. I am confident Telangana Police will get to the bottom of it. We have a track record of Zero Tolerance when it comes to Women’s safety”.

Meanwhile the BJP Telangana members held a protest at the Jubliee Hills police station.

The BJP has claimed that three of the five boys involved in the sexual assault incident are sons of an All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA, a chairman of a minority board and a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader.

Telangana BJP unit president Bandi Sanjay Kumar said on Friday that chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has failed to take action against the accused. He claimed that no action was taken even after knowing that the accused belonged to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM).

With input from agencies

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