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Australian tourist alleges rape in Kullu

Shimla: An Australian tourist staying in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu Valley Monday lodged a complaint that she was raped by a fellow tourist, an Indian from Chandigarh, police said.

The 22-year-old tourist , who also met senior police officers, claimed that she knew the accused and they had been in touch on social networking site Facebook

Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar told IANS the police have got a medical examination of the girl done but report was awaited.

“The investigations are going on and we have recorded the statement of the victim and she claims that accused was a Chandigarh resident, and had fled after the incident as both had also stayed in a hotel at Kasol, 42 km from Kullu town.

The foreigner had met the accused Sami Sardana only two days back at a festival in Kasol.

The tourist told the police that she had a severe headache and eventually got a room booked at a hotel.

She fell unconscious after having some medicine given by the accused. Next morning, she found herself naked in a hotel room and Sardana had already fled.

Kumar said police teams have been sent to different places to search for the accused.

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