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Muzaffarnagar Riots: Main Accused In Gangrape Of 14-Year-Old Arrested

Security forces are deployed following communal clashes at Muzaffarnagar in India, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. Hundreds of troops have been deployed to quell deadly riots and clashes between Hindus and Muslims sparked by the killing of three villagers who had objected when a young woman was being harassed in northern India. Police said 19 people were killed, including an Indian broadcast journalist, a police photographer and several people who on Sunday succumbed to injuries received a day earlier when the two groups set upon each other with guns and knives in Kawal village, in the state of Uttar Pradesh.(AP Photo)

MUZAFFARNAGAR -- The main accused has been arrested in connection with the gangrape of a 14-year-old girl, who was rehabilitated along with her family after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, police said today.

Zulfam, son of a former Gram Pradhan, who was absconding since the incident, was arrested yesterday, Circle Officer Nishank Sharma said.

Two other accused, Shahrukh and Juned, have already been arrested.

The girl was allegedly gangraped by the three youths when she was returning home on 29 January, according to the complaint lodged by the victim's brother.

The victim's family members were also allegedly beaten up by the accused when they protested against the incident.

The family was rehabilitated to Ambeta village from Baghpat district after the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013.

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