Five Chandigarh police constables were arrested and sacked on Friday on the charge of raping a minor girl.
The constables Jagtar, Akshay, Himmat, Sunil and Anil were produced before a district court here which sent them to 3-day police remand.
The accused, all residents of Khuda Lahora village here, have been arrested and a case under various sections of IPC had been registered against them, a release issued by the Chandigarh police said here.
A spokesman of Chandigarh police said late this evening that the five constables have been dismissed from service.
Four of the constables were posted in the vehicles of the Police Control Room (PCR which are the first to reach a crime spot, including incidents related to harassment of girls and women and Sunil was posted in the Crime Branch of the Chandigarh Police.
Four of the accused were arrested yesterday, while Anil was apprehended today, they said.
The spokesman said in a release that "a special request has also been made to the court for the trial of the case on fast track proceeding."
"Regarding the case, senior officers of Chandigarh Police have taken a very strong view of the worst act of the constables which amounts to grave misconduct," the spokesman said.
A Class 10 girl had yesterday lodged a complaint, alleging that she had been raped and molested by five constables for one and half months.
In her complaint made yesterday, the victim alleged that a few weeks ago, she had called police following a dispute with a relative. But the constable, who had answered her call allegedly, started harassing her on the pretext of recording her statement.
The constable also allegedly took her in a vehicle and raped her at gunpoint, she said, adding that four of the accused's colleagues joined him later and sexually exploited her for weeks.
The girl made the complaint to the police after the family contacted the local municipal councillor Saurabh Joshi.
The victim narrated the incident to a neighbour teling her that she wanted to end her life.
The neighbour then approached the municipal councillor of the area who took up the matter with higher police officials.
A case under verious section of the IPC including 376, 341, 354, 376, 507 and Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act had been registered at Sector 11 Police Station.
Members of BJP and Congress today staged a protest outside the Sector 17 police station here, demanding dismissal of all the accused constables allegedly involved in the incident.
BJP activists also held a demonstration outside the Chandigarh Police Headquarters in Sector 9 and at some other prominent locations, including Sectors 22 and 16.
Police resorted to mild cane charge to disperse the protesters.