55-year-old man arrested for raping minors

Chandigarh, Dec 26 (IANS) Punjab Police have arrested a 55-year-old man for allegedly raping two minor daughters of a vegetable vendor in Lehra Mohabbat village of Bathinda district in southwest Punjab, 200 km from here, police said Wednesday.

The accused Ram Pal had raped the two minors, aged 11 and 13 years, at their house. The girls' mother was away in her village when the rapes took place.

The accused threatened the victims not to tell anyone about the rapes. However, they told their father Monday about incidents, police said.

The accused, who is from Uttar Pradesh, is a gardener.

Police said that a case of rape and criminal intimidation has been registered against Ram Pal.

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