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3 suspects arrested for rape and murder of underage Rabha girls in Assam’s Kokrajhar

KOKRAJHAR: The Assam police yesterday arrested three culprits for the rape and murder two minor tribal girls and hanging their bodies on a tree after killing the duo in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. Four more were arrested for trying “to destroy evidence and mislead the investigators.”

Senior officials informed the media that the seven people arrested in the case have confessed to raping the minor girls and killing them.

According to reports, the two girls were from the Rabha community and their deaths were initially reported as suicide. However, the family of the victims demanded an investigation.

Police said that the suspected perpetrators were known to the girls and lived close to their houses.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had taken to Twitter to condole the death of the minors and instructed the police to undertake an extensive investigation to nab the perpetrators.

Sarma, on Sunday, visited the families of the victim and extended support.

“We’re extremely pained at the tragic incident of Abhayakhuti, Kokrajhar. To reassure family of 2 minor girls, whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in mysterious condition on Friday, I met them today to console & share their pain. Assam Govt stands firmly by them,” he wrote in a Tweet.

Sarma yesterday revealed the names of the accused and congratulated the Assam police for adopting a steadfast approach to solve the case.

He said that the girls were first choked to death and their bodies were hanged on a tree in an attempt to hoodwink and make it appear like suicide.

As per reports, the three men were directly involved in the rape and murder of the two girls while four tried to destroy evidence and mislead the investigators.

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