KURNOOL: Police had to resort to a lathicharge after hundreds of villagers laid seige to the Kodumuru police station in the district alleging that a woman has been illegally confined there for four days during which she was repeatedly raped by a constable. Late on Saturday night, Kurnool range DIG K R M Kishore Kumar suspended the constable and sub-inspector M Arohana Rao. He also ordered registration of rape charges against the constable and an inquiry as to how a woman was illegally detained in the police station for four days. The 31-year-old woman, a resident of Bethapalli village, was allegedly picked up by the police last Monday on theft charges.
When her relatives met her in the police station on Saturday morning, she told them that constable Nagaraju has been raping her for the last four days during the nights and that SI M Arohana Rao has been beating her up during the day under the guise of interrogation. Hundreds of villagers immediately surrounded the police station and pelted stones at it. A passing bus too was stoned. Even as the constable in question ran away from the premises, police rushed in additional forces and the situation was brought under control by caning the protesters. The entire drama took place for about 45 minutes.
The woman is still said to be in the police station even as senior officials were unavailable for comment. According to the rule book, no woman can be kept in a police station during the night time when there are no woman police personnel in the station. The book also say that no person can be kept in custody for more than 24 hours.
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