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Absconding Meghalaya lawmaker accused of raping minor girl arrested


Guwahati: The Crime branch of Assam Police arrested a Meghalaya legislator who was absconding after his name emerged as an accused in the rape case of a 14-year old girl.

Acting on a tip off, the Assam Police crime branch raided Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) near Gorchuk area on late Friday night and arrested Julius Dorphang, independent lawmaker.

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The Assam police had been conducting search operation to nab the absconding MLA in Guwahati since Thursday evening following intelligence inputs that he has been sheltered by a former insurgent leader.

Soon after his arrest, the Assam police handed over him to Meghalaya police.

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Dorphang, the former rebel leader of the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) and now supporting the Mukul Sangma led government, was hiding after Meghalaya police registered a case against him at Laitumkhrah Police Station in Shillong.

He was booked under section 366 (A) of the IPC and under section 3 (a)/4 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and under section 5 of Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act.

The sexual exploitation incident came to light last month after a waiter at a guest house owned by Meghalaya Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh’s son was arrested for trafficking the victim.

On January 4, a local court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against Dorphang.



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