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Bangladeshi intruders rape Indian woman in Meghalaya

Posted by Ramesh Khati on October 28, 2009

Shillong, Oct 27 (IANS) Tension prevailed in a number of Meghalaya villages on the border with Bangladesh after an Indian woman was raped by five Bangladeshi intruders. Four of the men have been arrested, police said here Tuesday.

The victim, a mother of two, was collecting firewood in Lakadong village in Jaintia Hills of eastern Meghalaya Sunday when she was raped by the Bangladeshis who had sneaked over the border, a police official said.

He told reporters: ‘As the woman did not return home till late in the evening, hundreds of villagers launched a search the next day (Monday) and found her lying unconscious in the jungle. She was shifted to a government health centre.’

The villagers immediately launched a manhunt in the area and managed to nab four of the intruders Monday.

The Bangladeshi nationals confessed to their involvement in the crime to the ‘Dorbar Shnong’, a traditional body of the village.

Later, they were handed over to police by the villagers.

Tension has been prevailing in the border villages after the incident. Senior Border Security Force and police officials have rushed to the spot with reinforcements, an official said.

Meghalaya shares a 443-km border with Bangladesh, part of which is porous, riverine and unfenced and is prone to frequent infiltration and occasional skirmishes.

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