Hyderabad: The Rachakonda police, on 20 December, invoked the Preventive Detention Act against two men accused of gang rape and detained them.

According to the police, as part of an ongoing drive against persons who commit crimes against women and to create a sense of safety and security among women, Rachakonda commissioner of police Mahesh M. Bhagwat invoked the PD Act and detained the two offenders at Cherlapally Central prison.

The two have been identified as Ambothu Ramesh and Pawan. They are from LB Nagar and work as auto drivers.

On 25 August, a 17-year-old got lost on her way to her grandmother's house. She was waiting in front of the Nawab pan shop behind Broad Land Hotel in LB Nagar when Ramesh and Pawan forced her into their auto-rickshaw and took her to an isolated place at Amma Nagar in Hayath Nagar. In the meantime, another person, Ramavath Santhosh, joined them and the three raped the girl. Later, they abandoned her at Vijayapuri Colony in Kothapet.

CCTV footages, tower dump analysis, and GPS locations helped the police identify the accused persons. Acting on a tip-off, the LB Nagar police arrested the three men on 31 August, seized two auto-rickshaws used to kidnap the victim and three cell phones. They were remanded to judicial custody.

The police found that Ramesh and Pawan have a criminal history and were involved in several property offences. Between 2016 and 2019, Ramesh was involved in as many as seven property offences in the limits of the Rachakonda police commissionerate.

In 2015 he was sent to a juvenile home by the LB Nagar police for stealing cell phones. Pawan was also arrested by the Vanasthalipruam police in 2017 in another case. Ramavath Santhosh was detained under the PD Act in November this year.

With a view to prevent the accused from indulging in such criminal activities, Mr. Bhagwat invoked the Telangana Prevention Act 1986 against the two men and detained them on Sunday.

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