Lucknow : Following a recent reprimand from the Allahabad high court, Hardoi police on Saturday arrested two constables for allegedly raping two cousins, aged 18 and 19, in April 2022. A third accused in the case, a sub-inspector ( SI ), is still absconding. The arrested constables have been identified as Manoj Singh and Himanshu Singh while the absconding SI is Sanjay Singh. Hardoi superintendent of police Rajesh Dwivedi said, ” An FIR was registered on the directions of the court on August 21 . The matter is still under investigation, ” said Dwivedi. He also said a non-bailable warrant has been issued against the SI.
The parents of the girls had alleged that on April 14 the accused cops had gone to a roadside eatery where the cousins used to work and they raped them there after having found them alone. ” We ran from pillar to post but the cops did not register a case. We also met the then Hardoi SP, but our complaint went unheard. Thereafter, we lodged a petition in the local court, ” they told media persons. Later in August, the court gave an order for an FIR and action, but the police lodged a final report in the case, the father of one of the girls said. ” Finding no solution, we moved the high court. The HC then directed the Hardoi SP to ensure the arrest of the accused officers and apprise it of the action, ” he further said.