Tripura, June 15: Seven youth have been arrested for alleged gang-raping four tribal girls aged between 14 and 16 in west Tripura. A medical examination has confirmed the incident.

The accused persons allegedly gang-raped the girls on Saturday at the Bardhaman Thakur Para area under Ranir Bazar police station in West Tripura district.

The crime occurred deep inside a rubber plantation under the Srinagar police station area on Saturday, police said on Monday. They said the accused were known to the girls who have lured them for a meeting at the plantation site.

After the girls reached the spot, Bimal, Sajal and Ripan along with their other friends proceeded towards Bahamanipara, where the minor girls were gang-raped by the accused persons,” said a police official.

The police swung into action after the parents of the girls registered a complaint under the POCSO Act.

The FIR also incorporated IPC Sections 376 (B) and 120 (B). The youth was sent to judicial custody after they gave a confessional statement before a judicial magistrate,” the police said.

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He also said that the accused persons fled the spot leaving the victims in the middle of the road that night.

The arrested accused persons have been identified as Manjit Debbarma, 19, Bir Kumar Debbarma, 21, Ripan Debbarma, 19, Bimal Debbarma, 20, Sajal Debbarma, 20, Chanki Debbarma, 19 and Bishal Debbarma, 21.

The girls told the investigating officer that an auto-rickshaw driver had helped them return home after they managed to reach the roadside late in the evening.