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Karnataka to invoke Goonda Act against gang rape accused

Posted on Jan 08, 12:04PM | UNI

The Police have decided to invoke Goonda Act against seven persons who were arrested for allegedly gangraping a 21-year-old student of National Law School of India University late last year.

'We have decide to invoke Goonda Act against all the seven arrested for gangraping the law student on October 13 last year. The proposal in this regrad has been prepared,' DCP (West) D C Rajappa told reporters here today.

The decision comes in the wake of Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister R Ashok, who also holds Home Portfolio, announcing last week that the Goonda Act would be invoked against rapists.

Explaining the implications of invoking Goonda Act against the rapists, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime West) Pranab Mohanty said the culprits would be put behind bars for substantial period which will give a reprieve for the police to conduct proper investigation.

'Earlier, the accused were getting bail and committing fresh crimes,' he added.

The accused also would be treated as a threat to the society and would be produced before the court only after review by an advisory board, Mohanty said.

The police cracked the case on October 20 last year after they arrested seven persons.