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Three held for raping minor girl in private bus at Salem

Salem district police arrested three men and are on the look out for the fourth person for raping a 15-year-old girl in a private bus near Omalur last night.

Three held for raping minor girl in private bus at Salem
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Three of them took turns to rape her in the bus, while the fourth has been sexually abusing her for quite some time. It is said to be a case of mutual consent but the case will be treated as rape as she is a minor.

The accused were identified as the driver of the bus S. Manivannan (31) of Sanyasikundu in Salem, conductor K. Perumal (22) of Muthampatti near Vazhapadi in Salem district and their accomplice P. Murugan (35) of Athikaripatti in Salem.

The bus with route number 42 plies between Salem and Naranampalayam near Omalur. According to the police, the incident took place at Naranampalayam after the bus stopped after the last trip, close to midnight on Monday.

A senior Salem District Police officer said that the girl who completed 10th standard in a private school was in a relationship with a bus conductor. Through him she got introduced to the conductor of the bus in which the incident took place recently. "The trio took turns to rape her and the girl screamed in pain when the third person raped her," the officer told DT Next.

Villagers who heard her rescued her, caught hold of the trio and handed them over to the Omalur Police. On Tuesday the accused were booked under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. They will be remanded to judicial custody.

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