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Minor girl gang-raped in Hubballi, police arrest all four accused


Hubballi: A minor girl was allegedly gang-raped in Hubballi, and the Gokul Road police have arrested all four accused in connection with the case.

The police said that the incident happened on Wednesday evening. The girl is from a village in Kalaghatagi taluk. According to the police, the girl befriended Devaraj through one of her friends, Sagar, and after their first meeting, both the victim and Devaraj started having conversations on the phone. On Wednesday morning, Devaraj called the girl and asked her to come to Hubballi, claiming that he would buy her a mobile phone.

The girl came to Hubballi from Old Bus Stand; they both went to Harsha Complex and later Nehru Stadium; at this point, Devaraj’s friend Fakkiresh joined them, and he took her to the Ice Cube Hotel. At the Ice Cube Hotel, Devaraj joined Fakkiiresh and the victim, where he slapped her and took her to bypass the ringroad via Old Hubballi by threatening her and in a forceful manner.

Devaraj took the victim under a bridge near the bypass, where he allegedly raped her, and summoned his friends Fakkiresh, Shivraj Bhajantri, and Hanumanth Gowda Umachagi; all are Sherewad village, all three allegedly raped her.

The girl somehow escaped from their clutches and reach Gokul Road police station, where she registered an FIR against them, narrating the entire incident.

The police said they have arrested all the accused. and they were booked under the POCSO Act and IPC sections 323, 363, 376D, 506, 34

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