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NOIDA: Three peo­ple were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day for the al­leged ab­duc­tion and gang rape of a run­away girl in a Noida park, of­fi­cials said. The in­ci­dent, which put the spot­light back on the safety of women in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, came at a time when Delhi was wit­ness­ing protests over the rape and mur­der of a 29-year-old Dalit law stu­dent in a small town near Ker­ala’s Kochi last week.

The Noida vic­tim, be­lieved to be a mi­nor, told po­lice that she had run away from her house in Shamli in Ut­tar Pradesh af­ter a quar­rel with par­ents and boarded a bus to Noida.

An auto-rick­shaw driver took her to his house on the pre­text of giv­ing shel­ter. He called two of his friends to his house.

As the girl sus­pected some­thing was wrong and tried to es­cape, the ac­cused took her to a park in Sec­tor 119 around 2am on Tues­day night and as­saulted her.

The girl ap­proached po­lice in the morn­ing, and the ac­cused were ar­rested. “Azad, Amir and Zahid — all auto driv­ers, were ar­rested from their hide­outs… They were pro­duced in the court and sent to a 14-day ju­di­cial cus­tody,” said Ki­ran Si­vaku­mar, SSP, Gau­tam Budh Na­gar. >> CON­TIN­UED ON P10

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