UP Police  on Sunday detained 15 suspects and also identified the main accused involved in the Bulandshahr gangrape case. A 35-year-old Noida woman and her 14-year-old daughter were raped by a gang of robbers+ for close to three hours near Bulandshahr on Friday night. “15 suspects have been detained. Main accused has been identified and he belongs to a nomadic tribe. Special teams have been formed and the ones being detained are being inquired for more details,” said Vaibhav Krishan SSP Bulandshahr. Meanwhile, UP DGP Javeed Ahmed is personally monitoring the case and tweeted, “Horrible Bulandshahr incident a challenge. Going all out to nab the culprits. All resources being deployed. Useful leads being pursued.”

The survivors were headed for Shahjahanpur from Noida and driving down the Delhi-Kanpur National Highway 91 with four of their family. The family had started from their Sector 68 home after midnight and were going to attend the terahnvi (rituals held 13 days after a death) of a relative. As they neared Dostpur village, the robbers who were hiding in the bushes along the road flung an iron rod at their car that hit it with a clang. The driver slammed the brakes and got down to check for damages. This was when the attackers emerged and took the family at gunpoint. The robbers forced the driver to pull off the road and drive into a slushy field, isolated the four others of the family and gang-raped the woman and her daughter. Later, they snatched Rs 11,000 and some jewellery from the victims and melted into the darkness. The family remained stranded on the deserted stretch, their car stuck in the mud. On Saturday morning, the distraught family managed to reach the nearest police station and lodge an FIR.=