Udupi: The Udupi police on Monday had released a sketch of one of the suspects in the Manipal medical student gangrape case. The sketch was prepared on the basis of the description given by the 22-year old survivor, who was abducted by three persons from Manipal University campus while she was returning to her room from the library and gangraped last week.
Manipal colleges remain shut as a mark of protest over the police's inability to catch the rapists of the medical student even 4 days after the incident. There have been major protests in Udupi everyday as no arrests have been made yet in the case. Four suspects, who were detained by the police earlier have also been released.
Intensifying the hunt for culprits, the police have also formed 11 teams with 200 personnel working on the case.
IGP (Western Range) Pratap Reddy said the police have lodged an FIR under sections 363 (kidnapping) and 376 D (sexual assault by gang) against unknown persons. Police are confident of nabbing the accused as they are working on leads secured on the suspects and the auto used for committing the crime, Reddy said. "We have questioned 15 to 16 people, he added.
The IGP said the survivor, who suffered a fracture in her legs and injuries on her hands and neck, was stable and out of danger and added that she was being constantly being counselled by doctors.
Reddy said the police could not interact with the girl directly and it was done through the doctors and medical attendants, and hence the process was delayed. For the same reason, the investigation too was not moving as fast as expected, he added. The police were waiting for the girl to recover before questioning her directly, he said.
(With Additional Information From PTI)