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59 rapes in two years, confesses a gang in Andhra Pradesh

Nine men arrested earlier this month have told the Chittoor police in Andhra Pradesh that they raped 59 women in the last two years.

Y Harinath Reddy, a senior policeman who is investigating the rapes, said 16 of these cases are on record. In the other alleged cases, the victims appeared not to have filed complaints, he said.

Reddy said that the men would corner couples in secluded areas like forests and would rob them and rape the women. In at least one case, he alleged, they had filmed the rape and threatened the couple that if they reported the crime, they would release the video in public. The couples they attacked were either secret lovers, both married and unmarried, or engineering and other college students, he said. There were also some sex workers among those allegedly raped.

The gang was caught about 10 days ago, when a couple they attacked in Bangarupalem raised an alarm. While the man hit back and injured one of the gang members, the woman called for help.
All the nine men belong to Salem district of Tamil Nadu, but the police said they operated across the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Five of their alleged accomplices are in jail in Karnataka in connection with robbery cases.

The Chittoor district Superintendent of Police PHD Ramakrishna said the gang had confessed to
having murdered two of their own accomplices, including their former leader. Their bodies have been recovered.
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