Dorphang still at large, Police sparing no efforts to nab him

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Jan 06: Mawhati legislator, Julius Dorphang who is accused of sexually molesting a minor girl is still at large even as police are seemingly clueless about his whereabouts in the midst of all efforts to nab him.
On the other hand more FIRs have been registered with regards to the case leading to the arrest of another accused from Demthring in the city and a local taxi which was used to ferry the victim girl was seized.
This follows the additional FIRs filed by the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR).

He has been identified as Sandip Biswa, a driver of a local taxi, East Khasi Hills District SP (City) Vivek Syiem informed here on Friday.
He said that more FIRs have been registered in connection with the case of trafficking and sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, which include in East Khasi Hills District and Ri Bhoi District.
“Two of these FIRs are against the absconding legislator out of which one has been forwarded to Ri Bhoi District while the other has been registered with Laitumkhrah police station earlier,” Syiem said.  
Syiem said that a total of seven FIRs have so far been registered after the SCPCR filed four additional FIRs on Thursday. The others pertaining to offences committed on the girl by different individuals.
Police have also arrested as many as six persons which includes a waiter of the Marvellene Inn owned by Home Minister’s son from where the girl was rescued, Usha Deb Barman, Momoni Pardon and Madan Bahadur Thapa.
Earlier, a joint raid was conducted last evening by the state police along with Assam police in a four-storey building housing the ULFA leader Anup Chetia’s office located at Hatigaon, where the legislator frequented but he was not to be found.
A manhunt was conducted after a local court issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against the sitting Independent legislator from Mawhati constituency, who is also supporting the ruling Congress led state government.
“Acting on inputs that he may be hiding outside the state, a special operation team with the help of Assam police conducted raid in a 4-storey building from where Anup Chetia runs his office,” Syiem said.
He said the raid was conducted twice to the place at 2 pm and 5.30 pm but he was not to be found there adding the state police is collaborating with Assam police to apprehend the absconding MLA.
Asked, the SP said, “We are working with intelligence in trying to find out where he is.”
Meanwhile, the close aides of militant leader turned MLA were also summoned in a bid to locate the absconding Dorphang.
“Many of his henchmen have been examined,” Syiem said.
The state police have also requested their counterparts in neighbouring states to share any information they may have regarding Dorphang.
Dorphang, who previously founded a militant organization until he surrendered in 2007, went into hiding after the police booked him under section 366 (A) of the IPC and registered with section 3 (a)/4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) and under section 5 of the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA).
Meanwhile, women activists here have demanded the Chief Minister to drop the Home Minister to allow a free and fair trial into the case.
A rally will also be organized in the state capital on January to put pressure on the government to bring to book all those involved in the case.


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