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Chhattisgarh school girls molestation case: CRPF jawan held, one absconding

By Oneindia Staff Writer

Raipur, August 9: A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel has been arrested while another accused is absconding for allegedly molesting school girls in Palnar village of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district. A warrant has been issued against the absconding CRPF personnel.

The arrest was made after he was identified by the victims. The arrested man has been identified as Shamim Ahmed. The co-accused, Neeraj Pondawal, left for Uttarakhand soon after a probe was launched, reports The New Indian Express.

Chhattisgarh school girls molestation case: CRPF jawan held, one absconding

The tribal girls, who were Class XI students, had attended an event to tie rakhi to CRPF men when they were molested by the two in a toilet. The girls subsequently lodged a complaint with the local police. Soon, a probe was ordered by the district administration. Sensing the gravity of the matter, the CRPF too decided to conduct an internal court of inquiry.

The incident occurred during a programme organized by a private news channel ahead of Raksha Bandhan day at Palmar. Nearly 500 girls had gathered to tie rakhi to CFPF personnel.

Both Shameem and Neeraj belonged to the 221 battalions of the CRPF.

Sundarraj P, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Baster, told ANI that the accused CRPF jawans are being interrogated. "Strong action will be taken against those who will be found guilty, further investigation is underway." said Sundarraj. He also said the issue is serious and guilty will be punished.

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