Gang of 15 loot labourer families of Rs 4 lakh at gunpoint, woman raped

, 1:21 PM IST

Jalalabad village: Around a dozen labourer families were allegedly robbed of Rs 4 lakh at gunpoint by a gang of 15 dacoits and a woman was raped by one of the robbers in Muradnagar area, police said on Saturday.

The families engaged in construction work in Jalalabad village at Muradnagar were looted of cash and jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh by the gang on Thursday, SP (Rural) Rakesh Pandey said.

A woman from one of the families was raped by robber Praveen (30), he said.

Seven members of the gang, including Praveen have been arrested, Pandey said.

The woman has been sent for medical examination.

He said the labourers were given their wages on the day of the crime and one of the gang members saw the exchange of money between the contractor and the labourers, he said.

The gang was apparently hired by a nearby farmer to chase away wild pigs from his fields, police said.

Efforts are on to arrest the remaining culprits, they added.