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Manipal student gangrape case: Udupi Police arrests third accused

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Jun 28, 2013 at 12:16am IST

Manipal: A week after a girl, who was studying medicine in Manipal, was abducted and gangraped, the Udupi Police succeeded in arresting the third accused in the Manipal student gangrape case on Thursday. The other two accused were arrested by the police on Wednesday. The autorickshaw which was used to abduct the survivor has also been seized.

Earlier in the day, the main accused in the case was hospitalised after he allegedly attempted suicide. The Karnataka government has said that the accused will be tried in a fast track court.

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The first two culprits were arrested after an accused Yogesh Shantappa Poojary (30), made a call to the Udupi Superintendent of Police office on Thursday morning and confessed to his crime, IGP (Western Range) Pratap Reddy said in Udupi. "He first consumed poison and then gave a call to us. He was groaning over phone and heard him saying the police will catch him, but will not let that happen," he said.

Police located Yogesh's house through mobile tracker and rushed him to hospital, Reddy said, adding, he was now stable and recuperating. During interrogation, Yogesh disclosed the name of his accomplice Hariprasad Poojary (26), Reddy said. "In fact Hariprasad was questioned earlier while interrogating auto drivers," he said. The duo were auto-rikshaw drivers who had criminal records.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said the abduction and gangrape of the victim was not pre-planned. "The accused had kidnapped and raped the girl under the influence of alcohol," he said.

The medical student from Kerala was kidnapped in the Manipal University campus and gangraped while she was returning to her room on June 20, with the incident triggering outrage and protests. Twelve police teams with 200 persons were working on the case.

Reddy said the police is hoping to get cooperation from the survivor as it has been difficult for it to elicit vital clues for further investigation. "There are many legal procedures to ensure justice to the victim. We need to bring the victim for identification and verify the crime spot."

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