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‘3 Indian army troops tried to abduct, molest 9-year-old Bandipora girl’: Mehbooba says girl’s family being pressurised

Three army troops tried to abduct and molest a nine-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday.

Last week, reports had said that locals in the northern district had caught hold of three unidentified men – one of them a non-local – after a girl was found shouting in a moving car.

On twitter, the People’s Democratic Party President wrote: “Her family is now being pressurised to withdraw the FIR.”

Reports had said shrieks of the nine-year-old girl who was being forcibly pushed into waiting Maruti Alto car at Chewa, caught attention of passers by who rushed to her rescue.

People gathered there, caught hold of the three persons, among them a non local, and detained them till police arrived on the scene, witnesses had said.

Locals discovered the number plates on the car to be fake as it has two different numbers on two sides. Moreover two more separate number plates were found inside the car, a report had said.

A police team had reached there and taken the trio into their custody.

While the police didn’t give out the identities of the accused, SSP Bandipora, Rahul Malik had admitted that they have detained three persons after allegations made by locals about them of molesting and attempt to abduct a minor girl.

The official however had said that they are ascertaining the identity of detained persons. “Information will be shared accordingly once the allegations are corroborated”, he had said.

“Its a complete travesty of justice & an impartial probe must be set up immediately so that they are given the harshest punishment,” Mehbooba demanded.

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