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IGP to supervise Likabali rape investigation

 ITANAGAR, Aug 30 – The Arunachal Pradesh Government has decided to hand over the Likabali rape case to the officer in charge of Itanagar women police station under the supervision of IGP (Central) Garima Bhatnagar.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who convened a high level meeting here yesterday issued directives that the school children involved in the incident need not be called for recording their statements at the police station but the police may contact them at their respective homes for the purpose, official sources said today.

Vipin Wisvan, the hostel warden and a teacher of Likabali-based Green Valley Residential School was arrested on Tuesday last for allegedly raping and molesting 14 minor girl students for the past three years.

The incident came to light when a few students of the school on Tuesday managed to report it at the Likabali police station. The accused was produced before a local court yesterday and remanded to 14 days police custody.

Tuki gave strict instructions for speedy investigation into the case and thereafter its trial on fast track. He also directed that all medical and legal help to the victims be provided by the State Government free of cost.

An amount of Rs 10 lakh would be placed with the West Siang district administration for the purpose, sources said.

It was also decided that the West Siang DC would immediately constitute a committee to enquire and examine the functioning of the Green Valley School, Likabali, so that education of the students of the school do not suffer and proper arrangements made for them to attend classes.

The committee will have to submit the report to the chief secretary within 15 days.

Meanwhile, a medical board has been constituted by the government with four specialist doctors to assist in the investigation, the sources said. – PTI

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