Days after two tribal girls were gang raped by a group of eight men in Andhra's Visakhapatnam district, four accused, including prime accused K Varun, surrendered on Wednesday before the Chintapalle police station.
The girls were gang raped on May 20, when they decided to go to the local fair at Tajangi village.
The accused reportedly thrashed two male friends who were accompanying the girls, before allegedly raping them in a school building.
However, what was even more shocking, was that village elders tried to hush up the crime by directing the culprits to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the victims.
The minor girls refused to accept the 'compensation' and forced their parents to lodge a complaint with police on Monday.
According to reports, the accused include son of police constable Lochali Siva Nagendra, the son of a TDP leader, and son of a mandal (block) elected representative.
The police said that the others who were absconding would be nabbed soon, and no one would be spared.
Meanwhile, AP Mahila Commission chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari visited King George Hospital, where the victims were admitted, along with state ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Ayyanna Patrudu and other local MLAs.
Visuals showed a teary eyed Rajakumari leaving the premises of the hospital, after listening to the tale of the girls.
While one of them was 13 years old, the other one was a 10-year-old.
Speaking to The New Indian Express, the 13-year-old said, â€œThey were all reeking of alcohol. They beat up our friends black and blue and drove them away. We begged them to leave us alone. But they dragged me by my neck. I blame myself for going to the jatara that day."
She also went on to tell TNIE, â€œThey told us to stop shouting. Otherwise, they would kill us. Then, a person came and pulled me by my hair and dragged me to a corner of a room. He slapped me. I saw a few others dragging my friend to a classroom. They forced themselves on us."
Visakhapatnam Superintendent of Police Rahul Sharma assured the media that special police teams were formed, to hunt and nab the remaining accused in the case.
The police has registered a case under various sections of the IPC including 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 354 (outraging modesty) of the Indian Penal code, Sec. 6 of POSCO Act 2012 (aggravated sexual assault) and Sec.3(1) (intentional insult) under SC,ST POA Act 2012.