RANCHI: Four minor girls aged between 12-15 years were hospitalized after being gang-raped by a group of 25 men outside their residential school in Pakur district, reported The Times of India on Tuesday.
The girls belonged to the Pahariya tribe in the area and are said to be in a critical condition at the hospital.
According to police officials, around 25 boys, said to be in a drunken state were armed with knives as they barged into the school premises and took the guards hostage. The boys took the girls to a nearby location where they raped them for nearly two hours before fleeing from the scene.
The miscreants also snatched the mobile phones of the school staff to delay alerting police authorities. The school staff was able to alert the police later in the night.
Officer-in-charge of the Littipara police station Teslal Ram said: "The girls belong to the Pahariya tribe and they were staying at the hostel to learn tailoring. Some of the boys who participated in the crime were also staying at the same place."
Police officers from two different police stations have recorded statements of over ten people in connection with the incident. A team of forensic experts on Monday visited the place where the incident occurred.
Sources say the boys are suspected to be in their 20s. An FIR was lodged against 25 unknown persons.
Pakur police official Ramesh said that the police have identified all the accused. "Joint raids are being conducted to nab the criminals. We would soon arrest the culprits.”